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This week, I was on the sidelines of one of the most epic battles on the hardwood that I have ever witnessed at the high school level. It was a first round game in the NCS Division I boys bracket between the seventh seeded Heritage Patriots and the tenth seeded San Ramon Valley Wolves. This was the second meeting between the two teams, their first coming back on December 11th with Heritage pulling off a 58-49 win over SRV. So the Wolves came into this one with something to prove.
It was a close game all the way up until the final three minutes of the third quarter when the Patriots started to pull away and claimed a 45-34 lead over the Wolves. But then something clicked for SRV and they went on a 18-6 run, jumping out to a 52-51 lead in the final minutes of regulation. The final buzzer sounded and it was all tied up at 53.
In the first overtime each team scored six points, and yet again with time expiring the score was tied at 59 apiece. In the second overtime it pretty much the same story, both teams playing head to head and posting a 62-62 score to take it into triple OT. In the third overtime Heritage mustered just enough energy to start to pull away and with a two point lead with under three seconds to play, Pierre Carter stepped up and knocked down two clutch free throws to put his squad up by four. The game ended with a 71-67 Heritage victory.
With this thriller in the books, the Patriots had just two days to recoup and prepare to take on the number two seeded Deer Valley Wolverines in the quarterfinals. Despite a tough effort, the Wolverines proved to be too much and Heritage fell 81-62. Overall, what an unbelievable season for the Patriots finishing with an impressive overall record of 26-7.