Basketball: Sheffield Sharks slay Giants to make it a weekend double

Sheffield Sharks' Kyle Odister. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Kyle Odister. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield Sharks showed no signs of letting up after another comprehensive win, this time beating Manchester Giants 93-70.

The team has won on back to back nights for the first time this season. They won the Yorkshire derby 92-59 thanks to Jerrold Brook’s 22 points. TJ Robinson also contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Sheffield expressed little signs of fatigue following Saturday’s game against Leeds Force.

Their lights-out shooting continued as they consolidated their position in the BBL Championship top four and closed the gap to Worcester Wolves to just two games.

Youngster Kyle Odister was awarded MVP scoring 22 points and making two steals. He scored six out of eight three point attempts in the game.

Jerrold Brooks also continued his fine form scoring 19 points and creating eight assists.

Odister opened up the game with a three and refused to let up. He scored four of them in the the first quarter and was six from six by the end of the half. Equally as impressive as their shooting was their defensive resilience. Manchester shot just 28% in the first quarter compared to Sheffield’s 68%.

The team’s improved shooting from beyond the arc is a major factor in their impressive unbeaten run. They managed to hit twelve of their thrirteen attempts in the half which gave the team a 62-33 lead.

Sixty two points is the most in the first half by an away team this season.

Sheffield’s comfortable lead compensated for their poor third quarter. Manchester were able to cut the lead down to 20 following an impressive display by Manchester captain Callum Jones.

The team eased to a 93-70 win as their reserves were able to see out the game.

Sheffield shot 50% from the field and 56% from downtown.

Sharks return to the EIS for their next fixture against Plymouth Riders on Friday 29 January.