Sheffield Sharks 78 Bristol 70: Tuck milestone as Sharks get back on track

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Sheffield Sharks made a late fourth quarter comeback to avoid losing five of their last six, beating Bristol Flyers 78-70 last night.

The team look to finish strong as they prepare for the play-offs in just under a months time.

Jerrold Brooks was awarded MVP after scoring 26 points from seven of 15 shooting. TJ Robinson also contributed a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Brooks said after the game: “We knew what we had to do to win. We’re happy that we were able to do that. We played well down the stretch and that needs to continue.”

Captain Mike Tuck reached the milestone of 3,000 BBL Championship points marking a fantastic career.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams looking to push the ball up the floor quickly. Sheffield struggled to slow down Bristol’s Tyrone Lee and Cardall McFarland as they were able to combine for 21 points by half time.

The team shot 40% from the field in the first half but were struggling because of their turnovers.

Coach Atiba Lyons was pleased by a hustle play in the second quarter as his team continued to grab offensive rebounds which eventually finished with an Kyle Odister lay-up. This was followed up by a Tuck block which brought the crowd to their feet.

Sheffield’s defensive effort helped them to close the gap in the third quarter. Back to back baskets by TJ late in the tquarter, which included an alley-oop, gave Sheffield their first lead of the game since 23 seconds to go in the last quarter.

The lead changed hands several times in the fourth quarter before Bristol put together a run opening up a nine point gap with 6.32 minutes to play. However Brooks scored seven points in just 50 seconds to tie up the game 65-65.

With just 1.28 minutes left the teams were tied again at 68 before Tuck and Brooks were able to convert quick back to back baskets to give their team the initiative.

Sheffield visit Glasgow Rocks next week as both teams look to fight it out for the fourth spot in the BBL Championship.