WARRINGTON Wolves took a huge step towards winning the Division IV title in the National Basketball League when they recorded a 99-75 victory over Huddersfield Heat.
The Heat had already defeated Warrington earlier in the season, but ex-England player Darrel Hemmerman made his player-coach role tell, while his opposite number Eduardo Perez did his best to keep Heat in the contest.
Huddersfield got away to a decent enough start, leading 21-19 in the first quarter, but then Warrington went on a scoring run, and helped by a series of turn-overs, pulled out a 47-34 lead by half-time.
The third period, however, proved the crucial one as Wolves extended their lead to 80-53, and although Heat did close the gap, when John Huggett was fouled out, their victory chance was completely gone.
Warrington have now gone level at the top of the table with Heat, along with Burnley who are still to play for Huddersfield.
Jason Swaine was Heat’s top scorer with 25 with Joseph Irving on 18 and Chris Bigley on nine, but the latter could have added to his tally had the calls gone his way.
Undoubtedly Heat were not at their best, while the Wolves were, and although defeat cannot be blamed on the officials, they too were not at their best.