Kids for a Quid at Guildford Heat on Wednesday
25 October 2011
The Guildford Heat are looking to bounce back when they host the Worcester Wolves at the Surrey Sports Park on Wednesday for their final BBL Trophy Group game. The game tips off at 7.30pm, and as it's half term, we're celebrating by running our "Kids for a Quid" promotion again, where juniors can watch for just £1!. You can get your tickets online here or by calling the Heat Box Office on 01483 689111.
The Heat were eliminated when they lost to the Plymouth Raiders on Saturday and while the Wolves can finish level with the Raiders if they beat the Heat on Wednesday, they can't qualify as they have lost the head-to-head with the Raiders.
Despite this, there is still a lot to play for, not least pride in the Heat's case. With a record standing at 0-3 in the Group stage, the team are keen not to finish their Trophy campaign without a win. There is also the matter of the first round of the BBL Cup: the Heat travel to Worcester on Saturday and a victory on Wednesday night would send a powerful message to the Wolves. Finally there is the small matter that the Wolves are led by ex-Heat coach Paul James, which always adds an extra edge to any meeting between the two sides.
The last time the two teams met, the Heat lost in over-time. That was the Heat's first game of the season and Coach Creon is looking for his team to build on that performance and on their improved play recently: "I feel we played our best basketball so far this season against Raiders on Saturday, we ran our sets well and our shot selection was much better. I think the only difference I could find in us losing the game was Plymouth shot 79% from the free throw line and we shot 64%.
"I was happy with Hermann Opoku’s performance and [he] would have played more if it was not for match up situations. When Paul Williams had to sit with his fourth foul I had to take him out the game as Raiders went to a smaller faster line-up. Martelle [McLemore] was big for us and Mike Martin played well picking up a double-double with 14 points and as many rebounds.
"Coach James has a real good team and you know he is one of the best Coaches in the league in preparing and making changes to his team's style of play to face different teams. They are coming off big wins on road to Plymouth and Glasgow so I know they will come into Guildford on a high and want to keep their winning run going."