Showtime brings end to Heatwave's home win streak

By: Brett Ransford, Telegraph Correspondent
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The Sacramento Heatwave was extinguished Sunday night, 99-79, as the visiting Clayton Showtime brought a chilling victory through Folsom. The loss ended the team’s four-game home win streak and the Heatwave have now dropped two straight games. Sacramento would love to be able to blame the poor performance on the shot clock issues that led to a late start, but 20 Heatwave turnovers kept Clayton ahead by double-digits nearly the entire game. Half of those came in the first quarter, as the Showtime put up 30 points and had six steals while committing only two fouls. Things didn’t improve much for the Heatwave in the second quarter, as they entered halftime down 52-36. They couldn’t even manage to get off a shot at the end of halftime and the clock just ran out with the ball in their hands. The rest of the game went about the same for Sac expect for a short-lived run in the fourth quarter. They pulled to within nine points at 79-70 with half the quarter to play. Elzie Bibbs came into the game for the Heatwave, knocking down two threes followed by a 3D rule three-point play by Darius Wright and another three-pointer by Travis Bunker. Unfortunately for Sacramento, that would be their best and last run of the game. After their 9-0 run to pull within 10 points, the Heatwave watched Clayton finish the game on a 20-9 for the final score. “It really didn’t seem like anything was working tonight,” Heatwave coach Reggie Davis said. “Two nights in a row we just didn’t have the effort we typically have. We got some looks but we just couldn’t seem to make any shots. Throughout the game we didn’t have the defensive effort or the help defense and it’s an enigma if you ask me. We’re just going through a little spurt and these guys need to know what it takes to sustain effort.” The Heatwave’s shooting included 9-of-14 from the free throw line and 9-of-27 from three-point. What really hurt them was allowing Clayton to spread their offense and run as they pleased. Clayton owned the court, streaking for layups and grabbing second chance points. They shot 4-of-10 from three and a solid 16-of-21 from the foul line. Bibbs led the Heatwave scoring with 20 points and two rebounds. Team leader Wright was held in check with only 12 points adding five assists, four steals and three rebounds. Big man Nick Rhodes was a surprise force in the game on the boards. With Demarshay Johnson out of the picture for Sac, Rhodes plays an even bigger role as a balanced player with an inside presence. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal. Sacramento is on the road through February 3, playing their next two games at the California Sea Kings and the Compton Cobras.