Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in a 7-AAAA game. Pickens, came into the game in 5th place in the region and looking for a big win going down the stretch of the regular season.
In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a good start with the help of Holden Roop & Tyler Garner. Pickens led the Generals after one, 15-10. In the 2nd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. The Dragons outscored Heritage 11-10 in the quarter to take a 26-20 lead into the break.
In the 3rd, it was again closely contested much like the 1st half. The Generals outscored Pickens 14-13 to trim the Dragons lead down to 39-34, heading to the 4th and final quarter. After both teams traded the lead in the 4th, Trent Rizoti tipped in the go ahead bucket for the Dragons putting them ahead 48-47 with 7.5 seconds left. The dramatics were not over with however as Heritage drove down the court and hit the game winning layup with 1.5 seconds left to get the win, 49-48 over Pickens.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Holden Roop: 28 points, 2 assists, & 5 steals
Tyler Garner: 9 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds
Trent Rizoti: 7 points, & 8 rebounds
Joseph Gossett: 4 points, & 1 rebound
Sam Davis had 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals
The Dragons now will look to regroup and get ready for their 515 rival as they travel to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.