Basketball: Sharks home in on play-offs

Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck (blue strip) in action against Cheshire at the English Institute of Sport.
Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck (blue strip) in action against Cheshire at the English Institute of Sport.
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SHEFFIELD Sharks are aiming to continue their good home form tomorrow as the fight for a good play-off position begins to get tough.

Last night the Sharks took on Plymouth Raiders at the English Institute of Sport with high hopes that they could make it three wins in a row.

After seeing off Cheshire Phoenix last Friday 80-71 with a strong second half performance they left it even later to beat their main rivals for the seventh spot in the BBL Championship - London Lions - on Saturday.

However, an excellent fourth quarter, led by captain Mike Tuck, saw Sharks eventually win with ease 79-63.

The fixtures get more difficult for Sheffield now though. The fifth placed Raiders are vying for a top three finish in the BBL; tomorrow’s (7.30pm) visitors to the EIS, Worcester Wolves, are fourth and Tuesday’s (7.30pm) arrivals in the city, Glasgow Rocks, currently occupy the third place that they are all chasing.

It seems unlikely that Sheffield can end the regular season any higher than seventh, but will want to enter the play-offs in good form.

The Sharks finished seventh last season and have qualified for the play-offs every year since they joined the BBL for the 1994/95 campaign.

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