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Pinecrest ends Heritage’s playoff hopes

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WAKE FOREST — Heritage’s boys basketball team was down 11-0 after the start of its third-round 4A state playoff game at Pinecrest and it never recovered, ending in a 71-62 loss Saturday.

The Huskies were down 22-10 by the end of the first quarter. Heritage played slightly better in the second quarter by outscoring Pinecrest 19-14. However, that only cut the deficit to 36-29 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Huskies showed that they were not going down without a fight. Heritage dropped 21 points and held Pinecrest to just 10 to take a 50-46 lead by the end of the period.

In the fourth quarter, Pinecrest cranked up the offense with 25 points. Heritage couldn’t catch up. The final score was 71-62 in favor of Pinecrest.

In his final game as a Husky, Tre Waller scored a career-high 20 points. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Lucas Taylor finished the game with 17 points. Redford Dunton contributed with 10 points for the Huskies.

With the loss, Heritage finished the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 15-10. Its 4A state playoff run started with a bye week in the first round and then a 64-62 victory over NAC 6 conference rival Rolesville in the second round at home.

In that contest, Taylor dropped 30 points in the win and Kyler Bowden was second with 13 points. Bowden also grabbed five rebounds, while leading the squad with three steals.