Rocks feel the Heat in Surrey - Oct 22, 2012
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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 (193-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.) 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 (198-G/F-86), 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 (193-G-86, college: VMI), Joseph and the excellent McLemore all scored vital points to see the home team through for the win.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk
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