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Heatwave on a roll, win fourth straight game

By: Brett Ransford, Telegraph Correspondent
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The temperature is on the rise in Folsom. The Sacramento Heatwave took a 97-90 victory at home in the Folsom High gym on Sunday night against the Clayton Showtime. On the second night of a back-to-back home stand, Sacramento scored another win following a 103-98 take against the Central Valley Dawgs on Saturday. For the Heatwave the win marks four straight wins taking five-of-their last six games. Darius Wright again led his team with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. After trailing 12-2 in the first minutes of the game, Wright and the Heatwave boarded an 18-9 run to pull within one point at the end of the first 21-20. The first Heatwave lead came at 22-21 just inside the second quarter. At halftime they sat at 38-35 before their most impressive quarter this season. In the third quarter the Heatwave drained 8-of-13 three-pointers, outscoring Clayton 38-22. With over half their points in the third coming from threes, the fourth quarter began with the highest scoring separation at 76-60. Clayton outscored the Heatwave 30-21 in the fourth quarter, but thanks to Wright the damage was already done and the Folsom fans happy with the victory. “We just started hitting shots,” said Wright. “In the first half we just weren’t making our shots, but we were playing pretty good defense. The guys that came off the bench for us were big. For some reason we start slow as a team almost every game. They got a lot of easy buckets in transition because we were turning it over so we controlled the ball a little better and got some stops as well.” The Heatwave only turned the ball over seven times in the second half, compared to their 13 in the first half. Complimenting Wright’s continuing star-pressed performances this season was Eric Rhodes with 13 points and 12 rebounds. James Doran had 15 points to go with three rebounds and three assists, while Travis Bunker added 14 points, four rebounds and two assists. Heatwave star big man Demarshay Johnson returned to Finland to play for another team. With him gone the Heatwave have to adjust the team to cycle players in and off the bench. “Our big guys are good, but as one-on-one players they need improvement,” said Wright. “We had the luxury of having Demarshay so we could just throw it into him and let him go to work. It’s going to be a collective team effort and our bigs are going to have to pull together and they have been these last few games.” The Heatwave play next in another back-to-back as they play at the Central Valley Dawgs on Saturday and back home in Folsom on Sunday against the Showtime.