Heat Fall to Wolves
05 March 2012
In front of a large crowd and the Sky TV cameras the Wolves, who are riding high in the BBL, showed why they occupy such a lofty position as they made the Heat work hard for their baskets all afternoon and dominating the game start to finish.
After the Heat took an early lead, the Wolves got in front and never really looked back. The Heat trailed 15-22 at the end of the first quarter as they failed to make their shots, missing too many open looks at the basket. At the start of the second quarter, it was all Wolves as an 8-2 run, featuring back-to-back threes from David Watts saw the Heat down 17-30 and forced to take a timeout. That stopped the rot, but the Heat were unable to make any headway, still trailing by 14 before a Martelle McLemore three at the buzzer cut it to 29-40 at half time.
The Heat's main problem in the first half was putting the ball in the basket, but in the second half the problem was stopping the Wolves from scoring. Midway through the third period, the Heat had allowed 15 Wolves points and were trailing 38-55. The Heat finally found their scoring touch in the next five minutes, as they scored 18 points, including the game's second buzzer-beater as Frank Holmes scored inside. However, they stll allowed the Wolves to score another 15 points in return, leaving them outscored 27-30 for the quarter and down 56-70.
The Wolves continued their free-scoring in the final quarter as the Heat couldn't mount a serious challenge, with the Wolves responding to each run that they made. The Heat eventually went down 78-98, with big Frank Holmes leading all scorers of 24 points. Mike Martin added 13 points and Martelle McLemore chipped 12 points.
The Wolves did their damage from the free-throw line, where they missed just one shot all night, and from behind the three-point arc. Sherrad Prezzie-Blue led with the way with 23 points, while Richie Gordon had 19 in 19 minutes. Kazlauskas and Watts each chipped in with 17 points each, Kazlauskas hitting four of five threes and Watts hitting five of seven.
The Heat now travel to Leicester on Saturday to take on the Riders before returning home on Sunday, 11th March to host the Glasgow Rocks.