HUDDERSFIELD HEAT put on their best performance of the season in their 98-74 home win against the Wirral Hornets.

This win keeps the Heat top in Division IV North of the English Basketball League.

The game began at a high tempo with both teams scoring freely.

For the visitors, Parker made an impressive start, netting 11 of his teams 16 points at the start.

iIn contrast the Heat got their running game into gear with guards Eugene Andrew and Jonathan Woodward scoring several lay-ups in the quarter, which finished 27-22 with the home side ahead.

In the second quarter, the Heat began to combine offensive efficiency with defensive intensity. Huddersfield’s big men began to dominate the boards at both ends and second opportunities began to dry up for the visitors.

Jason Swaine started his assault on the Wirral defence, with 13 of his 39 points coming in this quarter. A perfect quarter for the Heat was rounded off as player-coach Eduardo Perez adding to the tally to leave the half time score 56-34.

In the third quarter, a tough Wirral side emerged from the locker room, starting the quarter with a 14-8 run that brought the scores closer. A few unforced turnovers by the Heat at this stage disrupted their play.

The Hornets’ Chris Whitehead scored 11 of his 15 points during that run, that left the score at the end of the third 71-57.

In the final quarter, the Heat picked up their pattern of play from the first half, with Andrew and Swaine scoring at will again.

The Heat scored four of their eight three-pointers for the game during the final minutes to finish off the challenge from the Wirral side.

Swaine led all scorers with 39 points and 11 assists, with Andrew netting 22 and Woodward 15.