Tuesday , Jul , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

EBC Day Twelve: Dezert Heat vs. Hot 97

Dezert Heat seem to have left their game in the locker room early on in this muggy Monday afternoon contest, turning the ball over thrice in the opening minutes to quickly fall into an 8-2 hole. While they continue to have troubles on the defensive end – particularly in transition – they atone for their mistakes by crashing the offensive boards for hustle buckets that bring them within two at 18-16.

From there on, things only get better for Dezert Heat as Neville Storrier comes alive, with one of his dunks on the break tying the game up for the first time since it was 2-2. Hot 97 also find themselves unable to contain “The Future”, whose multiple fastbreak baskets put Dezert Heat in the driving seat with under three minutes left in the half. White Chocolate (known in here as “The D.C. Sniper”) chips in with a pair of threes, but a late Hot 97 rally makes it a two-point game at the break, Dezert Heat leading 37-35.

EBC Day Twelve: Dezert Heat vs. Hot 97

Dezert Heat reclaim the momentum early in the second half, knocking down a triple and a twenty-footer around an easy layup to make it 44-37 with sixteen minutes left on the clock. Hot 97 settle themselves with ample time to come back, however, attacking the bucket and playing aggressive defence that pays off in a 14-4 run that puts them up 51-48 after a big put-back dunk. Toby and Kyle team up to keep the run going, contributing back-to-back-to-back layups which stretch Hot 97’s lead to nine.

Dezert Heat decide that enough is enough with four minutes to go, upping their effort for breakaway buckets that, coupled with Hot 97’s inability to hit a free throw, result in a 69-66 game in the final minute. While their foul-and-fire tactic pays off when Hot 97 clank another pair and give up a three in the dying seconds, the clock ultimately defeats Dezert Heat, who run out of time and end the game on the wrong side of a 71-68 scoreline.