2006 Title Game: Heritage Christian becomes first Alaska champ since 1992

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

One of the smallest schools to ever lace ’em up in the Alaska Airlines Classic, Heritage Christian is a Class 3A team that proved it could hang with the big boys.

Heritage looked 4A-worthy against Notre Dame Academy, a college prep school from Middleburg, Va., after defeating the Dragons 53-40 in the Alaska Airlines Classic championship game at West High.

The Brad Lauwers-coached Eagles became the first Alaska team to win the Classic since East Anchorage in 1992.

Heritage, which finished the round-robin tournament 3-0, had very little trouble defeating Notre Dame.

The Millar brothers – Trenton and Thomas – combined for 35 points and provided the Eagles (5-3) with an offense Notre Dame couldn’t handle.

Especially down the stretch.

The Eagles never trailed, but with less than six minutes left in the game, Notre Dame took a 14-point halftime deficit and trimmed it to five.

Heritage led 35-30 until Thomas Millar swished a momentum-changing three-pointer from the corner, deflating the Dragons’ flame.

Thomas Millar finished with a game-high 21 points and earned MVP Classic honors while teammate Lonnie Ridgeway chipped in 15.

Trenton Millar, a 6-foot-5 senior, was energized the most.

He scored 13 of his 14 points in the final four minutes and drained 10 of 11 free throws.

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