SHEFFIELD Sharks picked up their most impressive league victory of the season last night at the EIS against play-off chasing rivals Glasgow Rocks.
The Rocks were in the sights of the Sharks in the top eight if they could pick up two victories this weekend.
And with an excellent second half effort led by American small forward Micah Williams the Sharks played some of the best basketball of the campaign. Glasgow are a solid professional outfit and after Sheffield had sprung out to an early 8-4 lead the experience of EJ Harrison and Gareth Murray began to show.
Murray tied the match with a two and then sank two trademark threes to help Rocks into a 16-12 lead.
Demetrius Jemison pulled it back to 18-16 for Sheffield but a 7-2 end to the first quarter handed the visitors a 25-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Helped by a 10-4 start to the second period the Rocks pulled out to their biggest lead of the first half at 35-22.
However, with guard Nick Lewis in the game Sharks began to function offensively. The young Canadian’s three sparked an 8-3 close to the quarter, which was capped by BJ Holmes’ running three-pointer on the buzzer to reduce the arrears to 42-36.
Rocks made it a nine point game (54-45) on a three by former Shark Sterling Davis. But that was the cue for three threes in a row from the Sharks - two by Williams and one from Lewis - in a 12-2 run that levelled the score at 56-56. The teams shared the final points of the quarter to head into the final stanza tied 58-58.
An 8-0 start to the fourth quarter put Sharks in control and a further 8-2 burst later on sealed the win as Olu Babalola and Holmes kept their cool from the free throw line to keep the Rocks at bay.
Tomorrow Sharks travel to Cheshire Phoenix.
* SHARKS: Williams 23, Tuck 16, Babalola 15, Holmes 11, Lewis 8, Jemison 6, Sing 4.