The brilliance of Heat’s Kris Clark and some great work by Anthony Labka saved the day against Whittlesea at the Toyota Mildura Hothouse on Saturday night.
Half way through the final term the scores were almost level until some Clark magic lifted the home side.
The Heat had gone into the game without Jermaine Williams, who had spent three days this week in bed with the flu.
Williams had turned up at training on Saturday morning and also attended the match but was told by coach Jamie Madigan that he was to be rested.
Whittlesea kept hanging in but with three minutes to go Shannon Erskine made three trips to the foul line and when he converted four of the chances, the Heat had established a match winning lead.
The Mildura Heat survived to win 92 to 85 after the visitors got 11 points in front in the second quarter.
Clark scored 25, Labka 23 and Brent Symons 22.
The Lady Heat trailed Whittlesdea for most of the night but in a nail biting finish went down by one point.
One point was also the margin at half time with Vanessa Power throwing 21 points, Justina Ubenze shot 10 and Tracey Sherlock seven.