The ACAC opener for Leo and Heritage is usually a tough one, because it comes against each other.
The two East Allen County Schools hook up annually in the first conference game of the year.
Heritage has won the last two, including a 74-62 decision Friday and a 67-65 double overtime game last year.
"This is always a huge game, whether it is here or at Leo," Heritage coach Nick Ankenbruck said. "This is a big-time rivalry for us. It is early in the season, and there are a lot of conference games left but this was a big win for the Heritage basketball program."
The Patriots, despite an almost total turnover in their roster, put themselves in an effort to contend again for the league championship after sharing it with Bluffton last year.
"If you win that first one, it gives you confidence to keep winning," said Heritage senior guard Tony Norris, who led the Pats with 26 points.
It puts the Lions in an uphill battle for contending for a title.
"It is a very tough early season game, but they have clearly had the upper hand lately," Leo coach Cary Cogdell said of the rivalry with Heritage.