The scenario for tonight’s fourth contest between the Heritage Hawks and Trinity Lions boys basketball game is simple — win or go home.
The two county rivals meet tonight in a 5:30 contest in the GISA Class AAA semifinals at Mercer University in Macon with the winner advancing to Saturday’s state championship game.
Heritage (22-8) is trying to get back to the state title game for the second year year in row and advanced to the final four with a win over Bulloch Academy last Saturday in Milledgeville.
Trinity (27-6) setup tonight’s game with Heritage after knocking off Deerfield-Windsor Saturday in Americus.
Heritage won the previous meetings with Trinity 63-49, 64-60 and 70-54.
The winner of tonight’s contest plays the winner of the Holy Spirit-Valwood contest Saturday for the state championship at 7 p.m.
Holy Spirit earned its ticket back to Macon with a 73-38 victory over Southland, while Valwood beat Loganville Christian 54-50.
Holy Spirit comes into the final four as the three-times GISA state champion.
Heritage, Trinity and Holy Spirit all play in the Region 1 3-A.
Holy Spirit won the region title, beating both Heritage and Trinity twice.
Three of the Lions’ six losses this year came against the Hawks. In addition to the two losses against Holy Spirit, Trinity also lost to GHSA member Redan in the Newnan High School holiday tournament.
Both Heritage and Trinity added to their win totals this season with victories over GHSA squads.
Heritage’s GHSA wins came against Creekside, Shiloh, Whitefield Academy and Marietta.
The Lions picked up GHSA victories over Our Lady of Mercy, Woodward Academy, Holy Innocents, Heard County, Walnut Grove, North Clayton and Lovejoy.