HUDDERSFIELD Heat suffered a third league defeat as they were beaten 93-63 at Manchester Magic.
The defeat means Heat are third bottom in the English Basketball League’s Division III North table after four matches.
The first quarter began brightly for Heat, with all five players on court getting off to quick scoring starts.
The first quarter ended with Magic holding a narrow 22-18 advantage but by the end of the second quarter Manchester had stretched their lead to 47-32.
Despite an early Heat rally after the restart in the third quarter, Magic were relentless in their scoring, taking advantage of the many errors in the visitors’ play.
A 12-point difference in the quarter pushed Magic’s lead up to 27 points, and though the scoring was closer in the final quarter, the final score reflected the marked difference between the performances of the two sides.
Heat also crashed out of the National Shield after losing their second round tie against Leeds Met Carnegie II 103-78, despite 31 points from Jason Swaine.
“Performance-wise, that’s probably been the worst for a while,” said player-coach Eduardo Perez.
“I think we will be going back to basics in a lot of things to try and remove the errors that are cropping up in our play.
“It doesn’t matter what else we do at the moment, if we continue to turn the ball over at the rate we are doing, we will get nowhere fast.
“Next Saturday we simply have a must-win game against Birmingham, no doubt about it.”
The Heat face bottom of the table Birmingham Lions at Rishworth on Saturday (5.30).
Huddersfield Heat 63: Huggett (6), Gray (5), Irving (19), Allison (0), Woodward (4) – Swaine (20), Bigley (0), Andrew (5), Kozlowski (0), Stanger (0), Treen (4), Walker (0).
Manchester Magic 93: Devitt (0), Sullivan (15), Johnson (3), Pilkington (21), Bagheri (18) – Whelan (7), Davey (2), Fasbender (4), Okros (0), Oyefusi (6), Crook (14), Pouale (3).