Heatwave win, eyes playoffs

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Heatwave put on their dancing shoes and lit up the visiting Clayton Showtime 109-103 Saturday night at Folsom High. It is the first game of a three-game home stand before playoffs. The Heatwave struggled in the first half, trailing 42-36. Sacramento’s newest player on their nine-player roster, Haron Hargrave, had a monster game, though, scoring 35 of his 37 points in the second half, as he led the Heatwave to a come-from-behind victory. To go along with his 37 points, Hargrave added four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Sacramento will play their last two regular season games at Folsom High on Saturday and Sunday before the playoffs begin in the second week of March. Owner/CEO and Head Coach Reggie Davis received a phone call from Hargrave, as he reentered the area recently. After stints in Romani, the CBA and the NBA D-League, he came back to Sacramento State University to finish some courses towards his degree. Luckily for Davis and the Heatwave, Hargrave has stepped into the point guard spot that has troubled the Heatwave all season. “I said to myself if I didn’t get back overseas before December that I was going to go back to school,” said Hargrave. “I gave Reggie a call to let him know I was back out here and he was happy to have me. It was my first home game and I think I put too much pressure on myself in the beginning of the game to score and to get people involved. My big man just told me to keep on going and it came through, my shot started going and then we went from there.” The big man reference is to the other new Heatwave addition, Terrance Scarborough. Both joined the team prior to the Central Valley game and produced magnificently. Hargrave had just two points in the first half as the Heatwave turned the ball over 8 times. Like a fire was lit under him, Hargrave took Scarborough’s words and ran with them, literally. Scarborough had 25 points and 23 rebounds in his Sacramento debut at Central Valley. Against the Showtime in his Sacramento homecoming, he had 15 points and had nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks. “Haron and I came in together like we’d been playing together all of our lives,” said Scarborough. “It continues to build and he carries me when I’m down and I carry him when he’s down. Haron kept preaching to me to keep on my defense and let that get the offense going. I took his knowledge and encouragement and went to work.” In the second half Sacramento improved to just five turnovers, hitting eight-of-16 3-pointers and 13-of-19 free throws. The first quarter was brick city but Hargrave’s 14 points in the third and 19 in the fourth, the Heatwave tap danced all over the Showtime. “Our confidence is a lot higher now,” said Davis. “They’re working hard, and looking to pass. They’re communicating and talking about the game together more so than it ever used to be. Our outlook is good. [Hargrave and Scarborough] give us a big lift. They’re great locker room additions as well and have a great IQ for the game.” The rest of the team is certainly no slouch, though. With the chemistry visible on the court and communication heard through the Folsom gym, the Heatwave look like the team Davis has been trying to build all season. James Doran had 18 points with five rebounds, an assist and a steal. In front of his own well-sized cheering section, Travis Bunker had 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal. Matt Johnson had 12 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. The last two regular season games have the Heatwave featured at Folsom High next Saturday and Sunday. The California Sea Kings visit Folsom on Saturday with the Central Valley Dawgs the opponent on Sunday.