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Heatwave can't hold on to lead in loss to Rumble

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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In their second consecutive home game to begin the season the Sacramento Heatwave lost a tough one 113-109 to the San Francisco Rumble on Sunday. Now 1-1 heading into a three-game road trip, the Heatwave need to refocus and reorganize to avoid a losing record. Scheduled to start at 7 p.m., Sunday’s game was postponed 30 minutes because the Rumble s hawed up late. After some sloppy play to start, the Heatwave took advantage and again had a handful of players with double-digit scoring performances. Through three quarters the Heatwave held a comfortable lead at 86-79. Unfortunately their fourth quarter focus couldn’t weather a Rumble comeback. The Rumble tied the game for the first time since the first quarter at 106. Another tie came at 108 but that’s the last time the Heatwave saw the lead. Down 111-108, Heatwave guard Darius Wright turned the ball over out of bounds on a pass with 1:06 left. The last minute turned into a foul game and the Rumble held on for the win. Coming down from his 20-point Heatwave debut in their home opener, Demarshay Johnson had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Wright finished with 18 points with four three-pointers. Darnell Lindsay led the Heatwave with 25 points and a couple steals. As the Rumble continually inched their way in on the deficit, Lindsay’s jump shot kept his team going. He had nine points in the fourth quarter. “I don’t think everybody’s on the same page yet,” said Lindsay. “I tried to play within my game and shoot my shots and bring my teammates into the game as well. We definitely need to go over some situation plays like the one we were in down late in the game. After losing this game we’re coming back hungry. The outcome of this game isn’t going to matter and we’re just going to worry about the next one.” Off the bench guard Michael Kirby blasted his way into the first quarter hitting 3-of-3 from behind the three-point arc. He led the bench in scoring and nearly the team with 20 points and two rebounds. Travis Bunker had a double-double night on 12 points and 10 rebounds. Energized after a rest in the second quarter, Bunker streaked for back-to-back threes. The Heatwave nearly missed a chance to stay a perfect 2-0 getting ready for their first road trip of the season. Head coach Reggie Davis says it’s due, in part, to the lack of a practice facility. “We still really need to find a place in the community that will open up to us and allow us to put a really good product on the floor each night,” said Davis. “As soon as we can get in and get the kind of work we really need, then we can put a really good game out on the floor.”