LANHAM, Md. - The Heritage Academy boys basketball team backed up its title in the Mason Dixon Christian conference with a 58-55 victory over Elkton Christian on Saturday to capture the Maryland Christian State championship.
In concluding the best-ever season at Heritage, the Eagles (25-2) snapped Elkton's 17-game winning streak with clutch 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter and a big 1-and-1 free-throw conversion by Steve Barthalow to secure the championship.
Heritage took the lead for good at the outset of the fourth period at 42-40 on a bucket by Hamilton Stamper, who was the tournament's most valuable player.
With the Eagles up 56-55 with 5.8 seconds remaining, Elkton's Glenn Seguri missed the front end of a one-and-one. Heritage's Cody Butts got the rebound and was fouled, then went to the line and converted two free throws for the final margin of victory.