DBL Sharks Sheffield fell to a disappointing 55-84 defeat to Glasgow Rocks at the EIS last night.
A Keiron Achara-inspired Rocks side was rampant throughout with the Sharks recording their second-lowest points total in a BBL game this season.
A superb final quarter saved the Sharks in both of their previous games and Atiba Lyons’ side were looking to hit the floor running this time.
But it wasn’t to be as a 2-15 start by Glasgow set the tone for the contest.
Mike Tuck, Max Guercy, Zach Gachette and Eddy Brownell started to mount what resembled a Sharks fightback, but a strong end to the quarter enabled the Rocks to stretch into a double-figure lead at the quarter.
That lead was extended further at the start of the second, Achara continuing to lead the charge with 13 first half points and Neil Watson not far behind on eight.
A barren Sharks scoring spell saw the pain continue for the home side, another 10-2 Rocks spell seeing Glasgow start to run away with the game.
Watson stretched the visitors’ lead to 20 before seven quickfire points from Rashawn Rembert sent the Sharks in at a salvageable 23-39.
Hopes that the Sharks would start to put together another finishing burst faded at the start of the third when despite baskets from Malcolm Riley and Tony Wroblicky, Glasgow finished strongly and stretched their lead to 20 going into the final quarter.
It would need a Herculean effort from the Sharks to get back into the game from this point but Glasgow simply poured on more points, Achara ending the game with 24 as the Rocks snatched third place - and the season-head-to-head - from a wounded Sharks outfit.