Surrey Heat in nailbiting win against Worcester Wolves
PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:01 20 February 2013
Having won their first two games of the season, Surrey Heat needed to bounce back after Friday night's defeat at the London Lions. Standing in their way were the Worcester Wolves, very much the Heat's bogey team of the last few years.
Photos: Alec Kingham
Having won their first two games of the season, Surrey Heat needed to bounce back after Friday nights defeat at the London Lions. Standing in their way were the Worcester Wolves, very much the Heats bogey team of the last few years.
The Heat were unable to get a win in six attempts last season and since ex-Heat coach Paul (PJ) James had taken over at the Wolves, the Heats record was an embarrassing 1-11.
However, for much of the game, the casual observer would think that the record was 11-1 to the Heat, such was the way that the home team bossed the game.
Trailing 2-9 early in the first quarter, Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos was forced to call a timeout after just three minutes.
However, the Wolves suffered a scare when, as the players came back out on court, Alex Owumi collapsed and had to be attended to by first aid staff.
Fortunately he quickly recovered, but could play no further part in the game.
In the end, tied at 69-69 with just three seconds to go, Chavis Holmes released a shot which swished through the net and Surrey Heat held on to win 71-69.
- The Heat now travel to Merseyside for a cup-tie on Friday before returning home to host the Sheffield Sharks on Sunday October 14. The game tips off at 3pm at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.