If the Patriots' 12-point preseason victory over Liberty at the Don Nelson Classic left any question about who the best boys basketball team in Brentwood was, Heritage answered those questions convincingly with its 64-41 win over the Lions at Liberty last Friday night.
The Patriots started fast and pushed out to a 12-point lead by the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to Jordan Knox and Paul Ramey, who scored eight and six respectively in the opening frame.
Although the Lions scraped and clawed to stay in the game, playing tough team defense throughout the second quarter and allowing just 10 points, their offense simply never found its rhythm.
Heritage regained its form on the offensive end in the third quarter, putting up 19 points and extending its lead to 49-27.
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Liberty senior guard Mike Reis takes the ball hard to the bucket against Heritage defender Paul Ramey in last Friday night's 64-41 loss. Reis scored three points off the bench for the Lions, whose reserves scored just three fewer points than the starting five.
Patriot junior Aaron Dalton scored five of his seven points in the breakaway third quarter, with Knox matching his five points and raising him a pair of assists and steals. Knox finished with a game-high 16 points to go along with four steals, four assists and two rebounds.
Heritage center Greg Howard effectively neutralized Liberty big man Keith Snyder, limiting him to just two points and three rebounds. Howard dropped in 10 points and hauled in seven rebounds with a blocked shot for the Patriots.
With the game largely decided before the fourth quarter even got under way, both teams emptied their benches and got their reserves some playing time. Heritage forward Chris Lange gave the Patriots a huge boost off the bench, finishing with six rebounds, two steals and six points, all scored in the fourth quarter. Junior post player Zach Lindsey also factored big in the win with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Liberty offense was led by point guard Daniel Freeman and reserve guard Isaiah Sala, each of whom dropped in nine points in the loss.