By JACK HILL III
11:30 PM EST, December 4, 2012
Heritage Academy started with a flurry and ended with a victory.
The Eagles scored 18 consecutive points during a five-minute span in the first quarter for the first steps on the path to a 64-26 win over Grace Academy on Tuesday night in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball game at Heritage.
Grace Academy (1-2, 0-1) held a 5-3 lead until Heritage Academy (2-0, 1-0) started the decisive run to build a 21-5 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
“We did a great job of hitting the boards, especially in the first half,” Heritage Academy coach Mike Kidd said. “We got a number of second-shot baskets. We have a lot of experience on this year’s team.
“In spite of being up 21-5, our execution wasn’t as strong as what I would like. We have work to do, but we expect to be pretty solid. Our defense wasn’t great, but it was pretty good tonight.”
Junior forward Alex Cosner finished with game-high totals of 20 points, 13 rebounds and five steals for Heritage. Cosner scored eight points and added seven rebounds in the first quarter.
“Once we got our chemistry going, I thought that we did well,” Cosner said. “We didn’t worry about individual goals. We just worked the ball around as a team. Everybody out there was contributing in some way. Our defense was good in spurts, but we still need to make some improvements.”
Sophomore guard Chris Harrell collected 13 points and five steals, while sophomore guard Nathan Patey got 11 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles. Senior center Ben Cosner had eight points and eight rebounds, while senior point guard Bryce Nigh had four assists for the Eagles.
Hakeem Long was Grace’s top scorer with nine points. Ed Booth had eight rebounds for the Knights.
Alex Cosner scored six points in each of the middle two quarters to give him his 20 by the end of the third period, leading the Eagles to a 54-16 lead.
“We have a lot of potential,” Alex Cosner said. “If we show good work habits and good effort, then we have a chance to have a successful season.”
The Knights’ brightest spot of the game came in the final eight minutes as they played the Eagles even in the final quarter.
“They played physical and we are not a physical team,” Grace Academy coach Rick Golliday said. “We have a young team that is still learning.
“Heritage Academy handled the ball well. We were pretty decent for the first three or four minutes. After that, Heritage Academy started to take control.”
Heritage 64, Grace 26
GRACE ACADEMY (1-2, 0-1)
Jacques 1 0-0 2, Long 4 0-0 9, Kim 0 1-2 1, Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Cole 1 0-1 2, Booth 1 1-2 3, Helman 2 0-0 5, Koontz 1 0-1 2. Totals 11 2-6 26.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (2-0, 1-0)
Nigh 2 0-0 4, Bingaman 1 0-0 3, Patey 4 3-5 11, A. Cosner 7 6-10 20, Nipe 1 0-0 2, D. Anderson 1 1-1 3, Harrell 6 0-2 13, B. Cosner 3 2-2 8. Totals 25 12-20 64.
Grace Academy 8 4 4 10 — 26
Heritage Academy 21 15 18 10 — 64
3-point goals: Grace 2 (Long, Helman); Heritage 2 (Bingaman, Harrell).
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