Posted: Sunday, October 21st 2012 at 11:41pm
Gainesville Heat wraps preseason in style
GAINESVILLE -- In its final home preseason game the Gainesville Heat put on a clinic on both defense, and offense, routing the Southwest Warriors of Atlanta 131-51 Sunday afternoon at Curtis Hall on the campus of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.
The Heat used full court pressure, and the ABA 3D rule, to help take a 30-6 lead. The 3D rule stipulates that every time there is a turnover in the backcourt made baskets off the turnover increase by one point.
The Heat increased their advantage to 49-15 after the first quarter.
“Our guys the last two weeks have really improved on defense, and sharing the ball on offense," Gainesville coach Joshua Randolph said. "This team has come a long way from two months ago and it’s an honor to coach these guys. We will continue to get better and get ready for our season opener this coming Friday night in Tampa."
The Heat were lead in scoring by Rashad Nasseri with 29.
The Heat open the 2012-13 season on Friday at the Tampa Bay Rain.
“Tampa is a very solid team, who play very good half court defense and share the ball very well on offense," Randolph said. "We have to go in there and match their defense, and continue to share the ball like we’ve done during the preseason. We start the season with a division game which is very huge for us.”
The Heat will return home on Nov. 3 and play host to the South Carolina Warriors, who finished last season 29-2, losing those two games in the ABA championship to the Jacksonville Giants.
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