Basketball: Huddersfield Heat so close to basketball cup shock
Sep 25 2010 by Mel Booth, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Heat basketball team were close to causing a stunning National Cup shock before losing 98-89 in overtime to Tees Valley Mohawks.
Division IV North champions Huddersfield were within minutes of reaching the second round but agonisingly went down to a team two divisions higher .
Heat produced a dominating performance and gave the visitors a massive scare.
Coach Eduardo Perez said: “Under other circumstances, we would be pleased with this result and the fact that we were so close to pulling off a great win.
“However, I felt we controlled the game, and we had ample opportunities to close the game out, but we didn’t.
“Unless you make the right decisions at key moments, you are never going to be successful against higher-level opposition. We are all sick, and left wondering what could have been.”
Tees Valley big man Acho Anyigbo led their scoring in the first quarter, but the Heat responded with guard Jason Swaine scoring 11 points. Tees led, however, 21-19.
In the second quarter, the Heat turned up the tempo as their starters took a rest and the second unit produced a great zone defence.
Chris Bigley, making his full debut, scored six of his game’s 16, and a 17-9 partial left the Heat with a six-point lead at 36-30.
The visitors quickly retook the lead after the break, with Michael Thompson finding his range.
The Heat responded, with scores from Andrew and other debutant Vytautas Masiokas, but the visitors led 57-52.
The final quarter brought a scoring-rate increase and the Heat pulled away to an 80-72 lead with under two minutes left
The visitors, however, produced one last effort to tie the game on the last possession, and take the game into overtime.
Suddenly, the visitors seemed to be making all the right decisions won overtime 17-8 .
Swaine led the Heat with 30 points and eight assists, with Bigley contributing 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Eugene Andrew 19 points and nine rebounds.