Basketball: Surrey United 79 Sheffield Sharks 95

Sheffield Sharks' Nick Lewis. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Nick Lewis. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield Sharks made it a magnificent seven wins in a row on Sunday with victory at Surrey United and kept alive their hopes of finishing fifth in the BBL Championship table.

The win was achieved despite trailed by as many as 18 (56-38) midway through the third quarter. Sharks were also buoyed by news that Glasgow Rocks beat London Lions, which means Sheffield have a chance of pipping those two teams to fifth.

Next Friday’s match in the capital at the Lions could go a long way to deciding who will face the fourth-placed club - likely to be Cheshire Phoenix - in the first round of the play-offs.

Nick Lewis scored a game-high 26 points off the bench for the Sharks but United actually had the lead for most of the game.

However, Sharks outscored their hosts 36-16 in the fourth quarter to extend their winning run to seven games. Meanwhile, Surrey are now guaranteed to stay in the last spot in the BBL Championship.

United started the game well, taking a 19-10 lead with a couple of minutes left in the opening period after Dominique Coleman knocked down three long-range shots and they carried over the early momentum into the second period, extending the gap to as many as 13 points, before allowing Sharks to close within 42-34 at the halftime break.

Sheffield trailed by double figures for most of the third quarter, but an 11-2 run to finish the period saw them slice the deficit to 64-59 heading into the final frame.

Another 8-0 burst allowed Sharks to nudge ahead and they eventually cruised to a convincing margin of victory.

Lewis finished the game with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes, while BJ Holmes and Mike Tuck chipped in with 21 and 20 points respectively for Sharks.