Sheffield Sharks season is over after a brave second leg effort at Worcester Wolves petered out on Sunday night.
Trailing by 20 points from the first leg, after losing at the EIS 79-59 on Friday night, the Sharks pulled to within five points overall late in the second quarter before Worcester put together a 7-0 run to end Sheffield’s momentum and gain control.
Sharks needed to pace themselves back into the tie after being out-played on Friday in their final home game.
And a 9-2 run was the perfect start for Atiba Lyons’ fired up side.
A three from Sheffield point guard BJ Holmes made the margin on the night a 10 point lead and halved Wolves advantage overall.
However, Worcester managed to work their way back into the first quarter and after 10 minutes they’d reduced Sharks lead back to 20-15.
Sharks began the second quarter in a similar fashion to the first as a 7-0 burst reduced the overall gap to single digits.
And despite BBL Player of the Season Zaire Taylor doing his best to inspire Wolves the Sharks had soon extended their lead to 39-24 - a deficit of just five overall.
Wolves again finished a quarter strongly though as they used a 7-0 run to cut Sharks lead back to 39-31 at half time.
Sheffield had thrown everything they had at Worcester in the first half and they began to look ragged in the third quarter.
Wolves pulled back to 48-44 before Sharks rallied to give themselves hope by heading into the final quarter with a 53-45 lead but an overall deficit of 12.
Worcester were strong to start the final period and an Alex Owumi three tied the match at 53-53.
Sharks last hope went as captain Mike Tuck fouled out and Wolves pulled away for victory to meet Newcastle Eagles in the Play-off final on May 11.