Nail biting games for Sharks, right down to the final seconds
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The B. Braun Sheffield Sharks were involved in two of the most nailbiting encounters of the season last weekend.
Last Friday saw heartbreak as the Sharks were edged out by a single point against Worcester Wolves in a rollercoaster final six seconds. Sunday however saw the Sharks holding out to beat Bristol by three after the Flyers staged a remarkable final quarter comeback, which again could have gone either way right down to the final
Our weekend got underway with the visit of the in-form Worcester Wolves to Ponds Forge. Matt Newby’s side took a 31-41 half time lead and that increased to a twelve point difference early in the third quarter. However, we staged a huge fightback with Jordan Ratinho hitting a timely three point shot with 6.5 seconds remaining to give us a 74-73 lead. Wolves’ Lamarr Kimble went up the other end to put the visitors up by one and unfortunately we failed to convert our final play with 2.2 seconds to go.Antwon Lillard was philosophical post game.
“I thought we played well. Second half we came out with a lot of energy and defensively we moved the ball a little bit better. I thought our effort was good tonight, bad that the ball didn’t fall our way but we’ll be alright.”
The second nail-biter of the weekend saw us get the rub of the green. We took the third quarter against Bristol by 28-13 for an eighteen point lead overall at 71-53. A comfortable win might follow you’d presume? Not so, as Bristol chipped away until they were just a solitary point behind at 80-79 with sixteen seconds to play.We had MVP Kipper Nichols to thank for a pair of ice-cold free throws and a couple of defensive stops as we took an 82-79 win.
We remain in sixth position with an 11-10 record. London Lions and Plymouth Raiders sit above us by virtue of fewer losses but more importantly, we have put a bit of distance between ourselves and ninth placed Manchester Giants.
Of course, the top eight in the BBL Championship take part in the end of season playoffs and we are looking to maintain our proud record of never having failed to qualify.
At present, we do not have a game scheduled for this weekend.
We are trying to rearrange a game in the interim but if that doesn’t materialise then we make the first of two visits to fellow Trophy finalists, Plymouth Raiders on Friday March 26. Once again, we will be in front of the Sky TV cameras – check us out if you want to see the thrilling spectacle that is Sharks basketball.