Sharks take a bite out of Rocks

Sharks 83-74 Rocks

One Health Sharks Sheffield 83 (18,36,58) (Williams 23, Tuck 16, Babalola 15)
Glasgow Rocks 74 (25,42,58) (Murray 16, Harrison 13, Fantazia 12)

The One Health Sharks Sheffield made it three wins in a row, while condemning the Rocks to their third straight defeat as they beat their Scottish rivals 83-74 in Yorkshire.

Micah Williams led the Sharks with 23 points, while Mike Tuck added 16. The Rocks were led by Gareth Murray’s 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The Sharks led early on as Tuck made the score 6-2, but soon found themselves in a hole that they would remain in for much of the first half as the visitors found their feet with a 9-2 spell and took their first lead when Murray’s three-pointer made the score 8-11. The teams traded baskets for much of the first quarter, but the Rocks used a run inside the last three minutes to establish a lead, finishing with a 7-2 run and a Donald Robinson three-pointer with their last play.

The Rocks initially stretched that lead and went through the double-digit mark at 22-32 on Brice Fantazia’s basket and after an EJ Harrison triple; Robinson added another score to see the first half lead peak at 22-35 before the visitors were reigned back in. Tuck scored twice and Olu Babalola once in quick succession to narrow the gap, and the Sharks were well within striking distance as a Nick Lewis three-pointer and Williams score made it 33-39 inside the final minute of the half. The Rocks made a series of free-throws, but BJ Holmes stole the ball with 2 seconds left and scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer to keep the margin at six going into the break, 36-42.

The teams traded baskets in the third quarter until Harrison’s three-pointer made the score 41-49 midway through, but that was the last real joy for the visitors. With just over 3.30 to play Micah Williams scored back-to-back three-pointers for the hosts to narrow the gap to 51-54, and when Lewis added another a minute later the game was level, and it stayed that way heading into the fourth quarter at 58-58.

The home team carried their momentum into the fourth and established a lead by scoring the first 8 points, including 6 for Babalola. Murray hit the next four points to get the Rocks close again and it remained a one possession game heading into the last three minutes. But the Sharks finished strongly, with Williams, Tuck and Holmes scoring 6 quick points inside the final two minutes to make the score 78-69 and give the Sharks a cushion that they would maintain.

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