Sheffield Sharks slipped to defeat for a club record sixth loss in a row as title chasing Worcester Wolves returned to form with an 87-65 BBL Championship on Friday night.
Paul James’ Worcester side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against Glasgow Rocks in their previous league game, but produced a resounding response to overcome the visiting Sharks.
Sheffield have now lost six straight games and risk slipping out of the BBL Play-off positions if other results go against them this weekend.
Currently eighth in the table they’ll play seven of their final 11 matches at home as they battle to make the post-season.
Wolves meanwhile improve to a 21-6 record to return to second place behind Newcastle Eagles.
Robert Thurman was the star man for the home side, scoring 22 points off 66 per cent shooting while reeling in an incredible 20 rebounds.
This handed his team the initiative in one of the game’s key battlegrounds as they led from early in the first quarter.
A Thurman dunk underlined his team’s dominance, opening up a 29-point third-quarter advantage and while Nick Lewis did his best to inspire a comeback with 12 points and nine boards from the bench, Wolves never looked like letting it slip.
Team-mate Chavis Holmes matched Thurman’s scoring effort and Jamal Williams added 16 in a victory that will likely restore confidence to the title contenders.
Lewis led Sharks scoring while John Barber chipped in with 11 points.