Sheffield Sharks: a season finale to cherish

British Basketball League final in London 2016 Sheffield Sharks
British Basketball League final in London 2016 Sheffield Sharks

Sheffield Sharks players and fans are still reflecting on a sensational end to the season, following their splendid 84-77 victory over Leicester Riders at the O2 Arena in London.

Sharks produced a strong final quarter effort as they came from behind to win the 2016 Molten BBL Play-Off Final.

Mike Tuck picked up the Finals MVP award after a hugely influential display with 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, while guard Jerrold Brooks scored eight of his 18 points in a pivotal 14-0 spell down the stretch.

Atiba Lyons, the head coach said: “I am truly proud of this team - it’s been a great season. We went down by seven or eight, but kept our heads high and were able to go on a run. Credit to Leicester, but I’m happy we were able to come out with the win.”

Brooks commented: “I’m just happy we won - it was probably the best game I’ve played in a long time. We stayed together after they went ahead and came up with some big shots and rebounds in the final quarter.”

Rob Paternostro, Leicester coach: “It was a great game - I think we missed too many shots around the basket. They hit some really timely shots while we dried up a little bit in the fourth quarter.”