Leicester Riders 79 Sheffield Sharks 85: Sharks’ finest win of season

Sharks'  Jerrold Brooks scored 29 points as  Sharks sent Leicester to their first defeat of the season
Sharks' Jerrold Brooks scored 29 points as Sharks sent Leicester to their first defeat of the season

Sheffield Sharks produced a brilliant away performance to beat the previously unbeaten Leicester Riders 85-79 in the BBL Championship on Saturday.

Jerrold Brooks scored 29 points and Mike Cook added 22 as Sharks overcame a horrible start to batter the best defence in the league.

Riders grabbed the initiative early on, keeping Sharks scoreless for over over three and a half minutes whilst going on a 12-0 run to build a 22-13 lead after the first quarter.

Leicester’s defence made Sharks key offensive players struggle, holding Sheffield to a measly five made field goals after one third of the entire match.

Sharks seemed very out of sorts, conceding a 6-1 run in the first three minutes of the second quarter to go down 28-14.

A well called timeout by Sharks Coach Atiba Lyons enabled Sheffield to regroup however, and they soon hit back. Excellent offensive rebounding gave Sharks multiple second chance points midway through the second quarter as they cut the lead to 32-26.

Star man Brooks then started to catch fire, hitting a corner three to cap a 17-4 Sharks run and reduce the gap to just one point.

A steal and outlet pass from Brooks assisted a Mike Cook circus shot with seconds left in the first half to give Sharks an unlikely halftime lead of 37-36.

Brooks and Riders star player TrayVonn Wright demonstrated why they have been two of the best players in the BBL this season as the second half got underway. Both players hit three’s and made wonderful moves near the basket for easy points.

Hard drives to the basket from Colin Sing and T.J Robinson gave Sharks a 61-58 lead as the third quarter came to a close.

Coach Lyons had his head in his hands as Leicester’s Neil Watson scored a layup to start the fourth period, but six straight points from the composed Cook forced Riders to call timeout.

Robinson and Wright exchanged monstrous dunks within 20 seconds before Robinson showed his quality once more, hitting straight back with an and-one to push the lead to five.

Brooks’ sensational performance continued with a ridiculous layup to build an eight point lead with ninety seconds left.

Two clutch free-throws late on by Colin Sing finally sealed Leicester’s first loss this year and gave Sharks their best win of the season.