One Health Sharks Sheffield 84 (25,38,59,73) (Holmes 25, Tuck 20, Jemison 18)
Glasgow Rocks 81 (14,41,59,73) (Harrison 22, Robinson 15, Wedemire 15)
The One Health Sharks Sheffield are into the semi-finals of the BBL Trophy after overcoming the Glasgow Rocks 84-81 in overtime at the English Institute of Sport. BJ Holmes led all scorers with 25 points, supported by a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Mike Tuck and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Demetrius Jemison. EJ Harrison led the visitors with 22 points.
The Sharks dominated the first quarter and, after being tied at 11 midway through, they went on a 14-1 surge sparked by Tuck’s basket and Nick Lewis’s three-pointer. The score was 25-14 after ten minutes as the Rocks were allowed just 3 points in the final five minutes. But that changed emphatically in the second quarter as, with the score at 29-16, the Rocks rattled off 15 straight points sparked by consecutive three-pointers from Harrison and Andrew Wedemire, with the former adding the basket that gave the Rocks a lead at 31-33. And the Rocks held that lead through to 38-41 at the half time break.
With the game finely poised, the third quarter opened in contrasting fashion to the first half as the sides exchanged baskets with the Rocks maintaining their slight edge. Despite it being a one possession game for much of the quarter, the Sharks couldn’t nudge themselves in front. But that would all change as Tuck scored 5 points in a row and the Rocks failed to register for two and a half minutes, as the score became 57-53. But the Rocks restored the balance in the final minute as Wedemire scored 5 points and, fittingly, the teams went into the decisive fourth quarter tied at 59.
And neither side could establish a decisive lead in the fourth quarter, despite, being tied at 67, Wedemire and Harrison hit consecutive triples to give the Rocks a 67-73 lead with one minute to play. But even that wasn’t decisive as the hosts scored the last 6 points, going 6/6 at the free-throw line with Holmes scoring 4 of those. The Rocks had two chances to win the game with the final possession as Gareth Murray missed and Harrison couldn’t score after grabbing the rebound, so overtime ensued.
The overtime period remained almost as tight, although the Sharks established a slight edge that they wouldn’t relinquish. From 76 each, Holmes and Jemison scored consecutive baskets and Jemison was there again after Harrison had responded with a three-pointer. Down the stretch, the Sharks led by 1 and BJ Holmes settled the game with a pair of free-throws as Brice Fantazia and Donald Robinson missed baskets for the Rocks.