Heritage Academy and Sequoia Pathway went all the way to Phoenix to play each other for the third and final time this year, and with similar results. The Heroes won the Canyon Athletic Association quarterfinal matchup, 99-81.
“We expected to come in, we expected to win by a decent margin,” said head coach Jim Deakyne. “They played us really well, but they played us really well the first two times we met, but it felt like the first two times we didn’t really play our best game. The guys played a lot better tonight and things went our way.”
Previous margins of victory in the charter school rivalry were 106-101 and 93-91. Coming to the CAA playoffs, the Heroes were ranked second in Division 3 behind San Tan Charter. Pathway was seventh.
“We expect to go all the way,” Deakyne said. “That’s what we came to do. That’s the expectation, and that’s why these guys have been working their butts off all year.”
Next up for Heritage is No. 3 BASIS-Scottsdale, whom they defeated in the regular season.
While this was Heritage’s its first year of competition in Maricopa, Pathway ends its last year in CAA with a regular-season record of 12-9. Next year, the school moves over to the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Saturday, Pathway senior Jose Miguel led all scorers with 39 points. Yufiel Jones scored 16, and Ajani Elliot 14.
On the Heritage side, Josh Deakyne (the coach’s brother) scored 33, and Logan Porter put in 30. The team hit six 3-pointers.
Heritage is averaging 97.1 points per game, a nation-leading statistic. This season the Heroes also set an Arizona record for 3-pointers in a single game. They hit 21 in a game against BASIS-Peoria, including six from Porter.
Josh Deakyne is averaging 24.6 points per game and seven assists per game. Porter averages 24.1 ppg.