Wake Forest-Rolesville head basketball coach Mickey Bissette has become accustomed to living on the edge.
Entering Monday’s contest against crosstown foe Heritage, only five of the Cougars’ 16 games had been decided by double-digit margins while eight had been decided by five or fewer points.
It seemed as if the Cougars’ matchup against the Huskies might go a different route.
Wake Forest-Rolesville held a comfortable 25-16 lead at the half.
Heritage outscored the Cougars 14-8 in the third quarter, and when Bissette looked up at the scoreboard going into the final frame, he was looking at just a three-point edge. “We slacked off in the third,” Wake Forest-Rolesville sophomore Jamel McAllister said. “But we picked it up in the fourth.”
Guided by strong play from its backcourt and opportunities at the free-throw line, Wake Forest-Rolesville pulled out an eight-point win, 53-45, on its home court.
Bissette said escaping with the win was a relief given the team’s recent history.
The Cougars were coming off two consecutive two-point losses.
“We held it together, which in the last couple of games we struggled to do,” Bissette said. “I would have taken an eighth of a point win tonight.”
Xavier Robinson played a large role off the bench in the second quarter with his outside shooting to finish with 12 points. McAllister led the team with 13.
“We just came out with a lot of momentum,” McAllister said.