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UPSTATE HEAT–It will be recorded as the best Championship game ever played in the World Basketball Association.
The Upstate Head made sure of that Championship Night-Saturday night, July 28, 2012-uncorking their latest second-half clinic on the biggest stage of them all-the World Basketball Association Championship game against Gwinett Majic. The Heat clamped down on the Majic when it mattered most and by the end of this 147-146 triumph the fans almost forgot the double digit deficit the Heat faced during the first half.
“We keep coming, our guys are relentless.” Heat coach Anthony Daniel said.
Maybe you thought they were giving into nerves when they spent most of the first
three quarters trailing by double digits, presumably awestruck by their first collective taste of the Championship game, but it was a temporary lapse if they were ever really tight at all. The Heat wound up treating this Championship game no different than their regular season games-making the average observer feel as though the Heat players were playing as if they had no idea what was at stake. “We’ve demonstrated for however long that we’re just going to play ball our way until the game Is over….my teammates are extremely competitive, fearless and never afraid of the moment,” said point guard Kyreen Sadler.
Oozing confidence, as if they were sure that the comeback was coming, the Heat reminded their fans again that this might be their first Championship game, but it definitely was not their first WBA Rodeo. Some predicted that the WBA Championship was a sure bet for the three time champs the Gwinet Majic; but try telling that to Shawn Morgan of the Upstate Heat. “I told myself WE could do It”, Morgan said.
The Heat sliced a double digit deficit to single digits with only minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Championship game. “Although my guys appeared nervous about playing for the WBA Championship title, I knew their anxiety would ease by the time that ball was tipped up,” Coach Daniels said.
The 2012 WBA Championship game is one that will go down in WBA history as one of the greatest of all times. Being down 82-58 at halftime and later down by more than 30 points only showed how resilient the Upstate Heat team really is. Owner Alex Garrick never gave up on his team, that confidence boiled over when Jarlal Rakestraw hit a three pointer that shifted the momentum back to Heat and with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter Roy McGahee nailed one of his signature three pointers to tie the game. “Ithought the team responded well in the second half, they really did a good job of moving the basketball, taking care of the basket and reducing the amount of turnovers In the final quarter-that’s huge,” Owner Alex Garrick said. The Upstate Heat thanks all of their fans for their support and most of all for believing in them!