The bulky Pinkston detroyed the interior of the St. Benedict's defense with drives to the rim all day long.
St. Benedict's did take a 19-17 first quarter lead but New Heights got rolling in phrase two, pushing ahead 47-31. Pinkston had 18 of his 30 points in the first two quarters of play.
St. Benedict's started to cut into the New Heights' advantage, cutting the deficit to 63-51. The lead was cut to two points in the fourth as Myck Kabonga, a 6-foot-2 guard, got hot. Kabonga hit an assortment of shots, finishing with 28 points.
But two key free throws by Brandon Frazier gave New Heights' a four-point edge with eight seconds to play.
Frazier scored 10 points in the contest.
New Heights will play the New York Panthers, the defending champions of the IS8 League today.