Rocks toil in Sheffield

Rocks toil in Sheffield

One Health Sharks Sheffield 62 (18,28,37) (Holmes 20, Jemison 12, Tuck 11)
Glasgow Rocks 52 (11,28,40) (Robinson 14, Fantazia/Harrison 8)

An impressive final quarter from the One Health Sharks Sheffield saw them pick up an impressive 62-52 victory over the Glasgow Rocks in a low scoring affair at the EIS, Sheffield on Tuesday evening.

The home side exploded out of the blocks and opened the game up with an 11-2 burst to take an early lead with four minutes left in the opening quarter. The Rocks managed to stem the flow of points as the period drew to a close and closed the gap slightly by the end as they trailed by seven points at 18-11 at the end of the stanza.

In the second period, the Rocks enjoyed a reversal of fortunes as they opened with a 12-2 tear of their own and took the lead at 20-23 midway through the quarter. The Sharks got themselves back in front shortly afterwards as a Colin Sing basket gave them a 28-26 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the half, but a pair of EJ Harrison free-throws tied the game up and sent the teams into the locker rooms with them locked together at 28-28 at the half.

In the second half, both sides traded baskets throughout much of the third quarter and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions, but it was the visitors who held the advantage as a Brice Fantazia basket with seven seconds remaining in the third period saw the Rocks take a 37-40 lead into the final stanza.

In the final period, a Harrison basket midway through the quarter sent the Rocks out to a 42-48 lead with 5:39 left in the contest. This only served to spur the Sharks on as a BJ Holmes three-pointer sparked the Sharks into life as they rattled off a 12-1 burst to take the lead at 54-49 with 1:44 remaining.

A Fantazia three-pointer immediately bought the visitors back to within two points at 54-52, but that was as close as they would get down the stretch as the Sharks bagged the final eight points of the contest to pick up the all-important victory.

A game-high 20 points from Holmes was the leading mark for the Sharks, while Donald Robinson led the Rocks with 14 points personal.

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