Riviera Beach brought the Heatwave in the playoffs!

by William Kelly

The Riviera Beach Heatwave arrived in Orlando Florida ready to blaze a trail to a WBDA National Title. The Heatwave played in Game 1 against the Maryland Jewels, in which Riviera led from the beginning. Led by Myeisha Hall with 34 points, the Heatwave won 83-70. 

Game 2, the Heatwave faced their in state rival the Orlando Boom. After a hard fought 1st half, the Heatwave lost momentum in the 2nd half resulting in 109-84 loss. This didn't break Riviera's spirit as they prepared for their for their next game against the Maryland Jewels, in which one of them would be eliminated.

In Game 4, the Heatwave face the Maryland Jewels in a playoff elimination game with the winner advancing to the championship game. Riviera Beach started off slow and couldn't get on sync like they did in game 1. This resulted in the Heatwave losing 81-63 and being eliminated.

Even though their season ended differently than they would've liked, Head Coach and team owner, Claudene Gooden was very pleased with how her team fought hard and left it all on the floor. Making it to the semi finals made history for the Heatwave, being the deepest post season run they've ever had. "Being that close to a championship and coming up short hurts, but knowing we were 2 wins away gives us something to build upon for next season".- Claudene Gooden

To watch the Riviera Beach Heatwave's journey through the playoffs CLICK HERE!