Basketball: Plymouth Raiders 91 Sheffield Sharks 90

Sharks skipper Mike Tuck has 22 points in the defeat at Plymouth Raiders. Pic: Dean Woolley.

Sharks skipper Mike Tuck has 22 points in the defeat at Plymouth Raiders. Pic: Dean Woolley.

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Sheffield Sharks suffered a heart-breaking defeat away at Plymouth Raiders on Sunday night, their fifth straight loss.

But the manner of this particular setback will be hard to take after Sharks had rallied from a 23 point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with 1.3 seconds to play through BJ Holmes.

However, Raiders DeAndre Medlock coolly beat the final buzzer with a basket to send Sheffield on their long journey back north without a league victory since October 17.

Sharks scored the first four points of the match but trailed 20-13 after ten minutes. Their form deteriorated even more in the second quarter as the half ended with a 50-32 deficit.

And entering the final period Sheffield still trailed 76-56 after being down by as many as 26 points.

An early three in the fourth quarter by Raiders made it 79-56 but Sharks began to find their range.

The experienced pair of captain Mike Tuck and point guard Holmes combined to drag their team back into the match.

Holmes’ seven straight points in an 11-0 run gave Sharks their first lead of the match since 8-6 at 90-89 with just over a second to play.

It seemed as though Sheffield’s losing run was over until Medlock’s decisive shot.

Scorers: Tuck 22, Holmes 22, Lewis 16, Payne 14, Babalola 8, Gachette 4, Sing 4.