Match report: DBL Sharks Sheffield 101 London Lions 86

Game MVP Kyle Odister
Game MVP Kyle Odister

DBL Sharks Sheffield captain Mike Tuck hailed the Sharks’ best performance of the season as they beat the London Lions at the EIS.

The Lions had enjoyed a 5-0 start to the season before visiting Sheffield but the Sharks – without head coach Atiba Lyons due to personal reasons – were immediately on the front foot. Kyle Odister, Zach Gachette and captain Tuck set the tone with some sharp offense, although the Lions stole a 25-27 lead on the buzzer.

It was more of the same in the second quarter - despite the Lions drawing first blood the Sharks came back strong, four triples from Odister giving them a 43-41 lead when timeout was called with 3:00 left of the half.

Odister and Tony Wroblicky added more points before Tuck’s spin and lay-up levelled the game, and a crucial defensive rebound from Wroblicky kept the score at 50-50 at the half.

The sides went toe-to-toe at the start of the third, neither side stretching out a lead until Cardell McFarland, Tuck and Odister turned up the heat, helping the Sharks put together a 14 point run to lead 74-61 going into the final quarter.

The Sharks stretched their scoring run to 18 in the fourth before a superb lay-up from Odister crowned an impressive Sharks performance by pushing them past 100 points.

Tuck said: “We scored over 100 today and we had multiple guys in double figures. We beat a really tough London team so it’s a big win in front of our home crowd - there’s nothing better.

“One of our biggest issues so far this season has been not scoring the ball, whereas tonight we had 50 points by the half way mark - everything was better.

“We said before the game, whether Atiba is here or not this is about going up in the standings and this is going on our record - but this win was for Atiba, we wanted to get this win for him.”