Rocks feel the Heat in Surrey

Heat 84-78 Rocks

Surrey Heat 84 (16,43,63) (F Holmes 20, McLemore 19, C Holmes 13)
Glasgow Rocks 78 (13,33,58) (Robinson 27, Murray 13, Harrison 12)

Surrey Heat hung on for the victory against Glasgow Rocks after nearly blowing a big third quarter lead.

The hosts had led by 13 midway through the penultimate period before seeing the Rocks move in front at 71-69.

However, Heat regained their composure to the finish the match on a 15-7 run to earn the victory.

Surrey controlled the first quarter as a Julius Joseph basket put the home team 14-9 on top.

The Rocks reduced the gap to one before Martelle McLemore gave Heat a 16-13 lead with just under two minutes to play.

It was the final score in a scrappy opening period but one that seemed to kick-start the Heat offence.

Within four minutes of the restart Surrey were ahead by 12 at 27-15 and they maintained that cushion to 31-19.

Rocks trimmed the margin to 34-29 on two free throws by Andrew Wedemire, which capped a 14-7 burst.

But Heat had the last word of the half as they moved back out to double-digits (43-33) with a 9-4 tear just before the interval.

Heat pulled out to 47-33 early in the third quarter and looked to have the game firmly in their hands.

Slowly but surely, though, the Rocks began to fight back. From 57-44 down with 3.35 left in the quarter the visitors put together a 14-6 run, which took them to 63-58 down heading into the final stanza.

Rocks fight back was complete when Donald Robinson tied the match at 69-69 and moments later they went in front through Wedemire.

Heat finished the stronger though as Chavis Holmes, Joseph and the excellent McLemore all scored vital points to see the home team through for the win.

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