Basketball: Bristol Flyers 73 Sheffield Sharks 72

BJ Holmes led the Sharks scoring in their loss at Bristol Flyers. Pic: Dean Woolley.
BJ Holmes led the Sharks scoring in their loss at Bristol Flyers. Pic: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Sharks suffered their second defeat of the weekend on Saturday night with a loss at BBL new boys Bristol Flyers.

A home reverse against champions Newcastle Eagles on Friday evening meant Sharks were trying to salvage at least one win from their back-to-back games but Bristol, who made the step up from the National League to the top-flight British Basketball League when the season began in September, ended a four-match league losing streak with their victory.

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Sharks have now won three of their opening seven league fixtures and lie eighth in the table.

Despite a positive start, which saw Flyers take an early 14-8 lead, it was Sharks who found themselves in front for the majority of the first half. Having led by double digits, they club entered the halftime break with a 45-37 advantage.

After cutting the gap to 59-54 heading into the fourth quarter, Bristol completed the comeback and nudged in front 65-63 with three minutes remaining.

Sharks had shortly regained the lead, but Doug McLaughlin-Williams put the hosts back in front with a three.

Flyers increased their lead to 73-69 after the visitors scuffed an opportunity to make it a one-point game by missing two free-throws with less than seven seconds remaining.

Sharks did eventually make a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 73-72 with 0.5 seconds on the clock, but it did not affect the outcome of the game.

BJ Holmes had a team-high 22 points for Sharks.