The DBL Sharks Sheffield claimed their first home win of the season with a fine performance against Manchester Giants.
Despite the departures of Shaheed Davis and Robert Poole earlier in the day, a sharp-looking Sharks side came flying out the blocks, trailing for a total of just 25 seconds and showing no signs of a hangover following the 66-95 defeat to Plymouth Raiders.
A three-pointer from Kyle Odister opened the Sharks’ account, with slick passing and accurate shooting belying their 1-3 season record at start of play.
The Sharks led 22-17 at the end of the first quarter thanks in no small part to a dominant display at both ends from Tony Wroblicky, and good combination play between a focused-looking Wroblicky, captain Mike Tuck, Kyle Odister and Zach Gachette towards the end of the half led to Gachette adding a sublime triple. Two magical assists from Cardell McFarland enabled Wroblicky to add to his total, the Sharks leading 39-30 at the buzzer.
A strong start to the third by Giants gave the visitors hope, but once McFarland, Gachette, Wroblicky and captain Mike Tuck rediscovered their shooting accuracy the hosts stretched their lead to 59-47 at the end of the third.
Kyle Odister’s shooting form and superb combination play between Wroblicky and McFarland put the game out of the Giants’ reach in the final quarter, the Sharks closing the game out 80-67.
Head coach Atiba Lyons said: “It’s a good win. We’ve had significant changes since the start of the season but they worked together and hopefully we can just keep going. We’ve got to win games and we did that tonight.
“We got a bit complacent against Plymouth but we’ve got to learn and we’ve got to learn fast.
“They’re tired of losing and they wanted to win. The guys played together and we kept our turnovers down, so it’s progress.”
Sharks scorers: Wroblicky 21 (MVP), Odister 20, McFarland 13, Gachette & Tuck 7, George Brownell 6, Sing 4, Backovic 2.