Match report: Glasgow Rocks 80 Sheffield Sharks 91

Jerrold Brooks was among the points again for Sheffield Sharks
Jerrold Brooks was among the points again for Sheffield Sharks
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Coach Atiba Lyons was left ruing his side’s failure to hold onto a big lead in their play-off semi-final first leg clash at Glasgow Rocks.

The Sharks will carry a double digit lead into Sunday’s second leg at the EIS after earning a 91-80 triumph in Scotland.

But they left the door open for Glasgow after letting slip a 23 point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

Lyons said: “We’re pleased we grabbed the win and we do have the advantage going in to the next leg.

“However it feels like a loss at the moment. We did a great a job silencing the crowd but we let things slip in the final ten minutes.”

Jerrold Brooks earned MVP scoring 24 points and adding five assists. Mike Tuck also added 15 points.

The game started tightly before back-to-back baskets by TJ Robinson which was then followed by a Kyle Odister three pointer. Sheffield took a 19-11 lead before the end of the first quarter.

There was clearly an increased emphasis on defence at the start of the second with both teams committing five consecutive turnovers. Brooks hit a buzzer-beater dagger three to enter half time which took away all of Glasgow’s momentum.

It was the third quarter where Sheffield surged ahead. Their additional quality and healthier squad paid dividends as Tuck scored nine points and gave Sheffield a 20 point lead.

Glasgow’s fight back began with a John Bunyan three pointer. The Rocks used the three point line to fight back as Kieron Achara cut the lead to 15 with 4:52 minutes left in the game.

Riley Grabau eventually capped off the fight back with a tough fall away jump shot with 42.1 seconds left.