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Heritage boys remain undefeated

January 04, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The undefeated Heritage Academy boys basketball team erupted for 23 points in the second quarter Thursday and defeated Shalom Christian 45-25 in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference game.

The Eagles (6-0, 6-0) led 6-5 after the first quarter but outscored Shalom 23-6 in the second to set the tone for the victory in a battle of unbeaten conference teams.

Reserve Andrew Hendershot contributed seven points in the decisive second quarter, while starters Steven Barthalow and Hamilton Stamper added six points each.

Heritage hit only 2 of 10 field goal attempts in the first quarter, yet the two 3-point baskets - by Barthalow and Cody Butts - provided the 6-5 cushion.

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After a dynamic second period, Heritage had offensive issues in the third and didn't score a basket for the first seven minutes.

"The Shalom defense had us out of sync most of the game, but we did do a good job there in the second quarter," Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. "Hendershot and Aaron Clark did a nice job off the bench and those (five) 3s during the game really helped the cause."

Hendershot triggered the second-quarter explosion with a layup and a 3 - giving the hosts a 16-9 lead with 4:17 remaining in the second quarter - and Stamper, who finished with a game-high 15 points, put the exclamation mark on things with a dunk.

"That was a tough second quarter," Shalom coach Cedric Roth said. "We held them pretty much in check other than about five minutes of the second quarter. Offensively, we really struggled."

Shalom fell to 8-3, 4-1.

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