Gardner's double-double lifts Heritage past Millbrook in OT
Posted January 6
Updated January 21
Raleigh, N.C. — For the second time in a week, Heritage defeated Millbrook in boys basketball, but this time it was a conference game.
After beating Millbrook convincingly in the John Wall Family Foundation Holiday Invitational last week, Heritage needed overtime to claim a 69-60 win on Thursday night.
The game started slow, with Heritage ending the first quarter on a 6-0 run to claim a 10-9 lead.
Millbrook struggled at times in the first half. Only three players scored in the first two quarters for the Wildcats, and Heritage took advantage as it took a 36-27 lead at halftime.
Millbrook began to chip away in the second half though. The Wildcats trailed 49-41 after the third quarter, but Millbrook held Heritage to just seven points in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 56-56.
Heritage had a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the shot hit the rim and bounced out.
Overtime belonged to Heritage though.
Millbrook took a brief 58-56 lead in overtime, but that was the last time the Wildcats held a lead.
Heritage outscored Millbrook 13-4 in the extra period, claiming the conference win.
Jayden Gardner was impressive with 28 points and 21 rebounds on 12-of-18 shooting. Colton Reed added 22 points for the Huskies.
Heritage out-rebounded Millbrook 33-27 in the game, including 13-6 on the offensive glass.
Jordan Whitfield led Millbrook in scoring with 29 points on 9-of-26 shooting. Patrick Dorsey was the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 13 points.
Heritage, the No. 1 team in the area, is now 13-0 on the season and on top of the Cap 8 Conference with a 5-0 league record. The Huskies return to play Tuesday with a home game against Wakefield.
Millbrook falls to 10-4 on the season and 3-2 in the Cap 8. The Wildcats travel to Leesville Road on Tuesday night.
The win is an important one for Heritage. Even if Millbrook beats Heritage the second time they meet in conference play, Heritage would have the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Wildcats with the Holiday Invitational win for seeding purposes.