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Heatwave no match for Seattle

By: Brett Ransford
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The Sacramento Heatwave (9-10) dropped under .500 at home in their only game of the season against the Seattle Mountaineers on Saturday, 107-86. Down 23-16 at the end of the first quarter, the Heatwave never recovered a lead. It didn’t hurt that Seattle only had six turnovers the entire game, including none in the second and fourth quarters. The Heatwave entered the game shorthanded after losing point guard Darius Wright and forward Aaron Perry earlier in the week and only had player suit up against the Mountaineers. Heatwave coach Reggie Davis said entering the fourth quarter down 71-64 his team still had a fighting chance. Apparently his team didn’t agree or didn’t hear his confidence as they had four turnovers and allowed eight points off second chance opportunities. Second -chance points were definitely an advantage Seattle took with Perry out of the key. The Mountaineers snatched a total 17 offensives boards good for 24 points. “On offense we’re missing some pieces right now; our depth just isn’t there,” said Davis. “We just didn’t have much energy from the beginning. Historically we start of slow, but tonight was different. We just didn’t have it tonight.” The Heatwave had five players scoring more than 10 points, four of those with fifteen or more, but couldn’t reach the century mark. Sacramento gained 17 points from the free throw line, hitting 17-of-23, while only making 9-of-31 from beyond the 3-point arc. “They seemed a little hesitant tonight,” added Davis of his team’s three-point shooting. “Everybody just looked a little flat tonight because that’s not our usual M.O. We had excellent opportunities to knock off a good team and get ourselves back on the right track. The fourth quarter was ours for the taking, but we just didn’t get it done.” James Doran led the Heatwave with 18 points and also had three rebounds and two assists. Travis Bunker scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Nick Rhodes and Michael Kirby both chipped in 15 points. Rhodes also added 11 rebounds and four blocks.Elzie Bibbs contributed 12 points off the bench. With only three players on his bench and a severe lack of depth creeping up on the end of the season, Davis said, “It’s a temporary thing for sure, first of all. We’ll start working on that immediately to make up for that. It’s what any team goes through from time to time. We’ll bring in the right players and make some adjustments to finish the stretch.” The stretch Sacramento has is six of their last nine games at home. Davis said even without a huge fan base at some games he still feels a home court advantage at Folsom High. The Heatwave’s next game is at the Clayton Showtime on Thursday. Last game against Clayton went down 99-79 in a turnover-frenzied match.The Heatwave play home games at Folsom High on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.