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Rainey’s big night helps Patriots win 4th straight

The Heritage boys basketball team kept up its winning ways Wednesday, though it took a little extra time to do it. Terrell Rainey had 21 points and 17 rebounds and the Patriots defeated Apalachee 80-74 in overtime in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Heritage improved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in league play with its fourth consecutive victory. The Conyers school also hung on for the win despite a huge game from Apalachee’s Kamar Baldwin, who finished with 38 points.

“Apalachee has a great, well coached team with a very special player (Baldwin). It was big for us to get this win at home and continue to place ourselves in better standings as we get closer to the region tournament,” said Patriots coach Vernon Denmark. “I think we had an excellent team effort, but the play of Terrell Rainey really kept us in the game. Anytime we needed a big play he got it done, and thats what is expected from a senior.”

Isaiah Banks added 14 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Thomas chipped in with 10 points for Heritage. Visiting Apalachee had its 10-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first just the second time in eight region games.

The Heritage girls picked up their first victory of the season in the first game of the night 49-39 over Apalachee.

The Patriots trailed by eight at halftime, but led after three and good free throw shooting down the stretch of the fourth quarter helped them end the winless spell. “We were diving on the floor, our press was intense,” said Heritage coach Lauren Chambers. “The girls were extremely excited with their first region win.”

Damali Thomas led Heritage (1-14, 1-7) with 20 points, while BriAllen McIver had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Alexis Hawkins added 12 points and four assists.

Both Heritage teams will travel to Rockdale Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m.