RALEIGH – The Burlington School comes into the John Wall Holiday Invitational with 10-5 record and a storied tradition in the NCISAA 1A, not to mention one of the teams that could compete for a state championship. On the other hand, Heritage represents the NCHSAA 4A and brings a 4-5 record. Both teams have depth and talent with The Burlington School having 6’7 Wichita State commit JaDun Michael, 6’10 Rice University commit Mylyjael Poteat, and 6’10 Kaluel Mading, while Heritage features the junior scoring duo of 6’6 Lucas Taylor and 6’7 Redford Dunford.
Heritage grabbed a 14-12 first-quarter lead on a long distant 3-pointer by 6’6 junior Lucas Taylor right before the horn sounded. Both teams played evenly and executed well in the half-court. Leading the way was 6’7 Wichita State commit JaDun Michael with seven points. The second quarter belonged to The Burlington School as they outscored Heritage 22-9 to take a 34-23 halftime lead. The Burlington School’s JaDun Michael was sensational in the first half with 15 points including three 3-pointers.
Also, Poteat was a force on the interior as he tallied 10 points and collected seven rebounds. Not to be outdone, Mading had six points and two crowd-pleasing blocked shots. For Heritage, Taylor chipped in nine points while Dunton tallied seven points at the half.
The Burlington School’s “Big Three” of Michael, Poteat, and Mading pushed the lead to 15 (47-32) going into the fourth quarter. Michael continued to score while Poteat was doing damage on the interior by securing rebounds and scoring. Mading continued to be a presence in the paint with his length, timing and shot-blocking ability. That being said, Heritage battled back by utilizing their press defense and pulled with seven (57-50) with 1:20 remaining in the game, but The Burlington School held on for a 59-50 win.
Leading the way for The Burlington School was Poteat with 20 points and a monster 16 rebounds, while Michael finished with 19 and Mading had 10 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. For Heritage, Dunton had 19 points while Taylor tallied 17 points.
Game MVP: 6’10 Senior Mylyjael Poteat
It’s hard to believe schools in the #HoopState allowed Poteat to get out of state. From this past summer, Poteat dropped approximately 35 pounds. We’re talking about a skilled “BIG” that has great hands, nifty footwork in the post, and touch out to 15 feet. In the win over Heritage, Poteat had a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, not to mention four assists. He went 10-12 from the floor and was completely dominant in the post.
Final: Burlington School 59 – Heritage 50