Basketball: Bristol Flyers 70 Sheffield Sharks 79

Sharks captain Mike Tuck scored 19 points against Bristol Flyers. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Sharks captain Mike Tuck scored 19 points against Bristol Flyers. Pic: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Sharks ended their six-match losing run and brought themselves back into the BBL Championship playoff race with victory at Bristol Flyers on Saturday evening.

Sharks are now even with Manchester Giants in eighth place with Flyers a step ahead in but having played four games more.

After an early back-and-forth tussle, Sheffield made a move first. Flyers had a 12-11 edge with three minutes left in the opening quarter, but Sharks finished the period on a 11-1 run to take a 22-13 lead.

BJ Holmes put the visitors up by as many as 16 points in the first half but Flyers Bryquis Perine hit a three just before the interval to reduce the gap to 44-31.

Flyers cut the deficit to single digits on multiple occasions, but had their efforts rebuffed. A pair of free-throw by Greg Streete had made it 73-68 with two minutes remaining, but Mike Cook answered with five points in quick succession pulled the gap back to double figures to seal the win for Sharks.

Cook finished the game with 28 points and six assists, Mike Tuck collected 19 points, while Holmes added 12 points and seven rebounds for the winners.

Sharks now have seven of their final 10 matches at home starting with Plymouth Raiders on Friday night.