Basketball: Cheshire Phoenix 85 Sheffield Sharks 91

Sheffield Sharks' Olu Babalola scored 14 points in the victory against Cheshire Phoenix: Picture: Andrew Roe.

Sheffield Sharks' Olu Babalola scored 14 points in the victory against Cheshire Phoenix: Picture: Andrew Roe.

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Sheffield Sharks ended Cheshire Phoenix 11-game winning streak in the BBL Championship on Sunday night as a second-half spurt gave them a 91-85 victory on the road behind Mike Cook’s 21 points.

Cheshire got off to a more positive start, taking a seven-point lead seven minutes into the game, but Sharks did not allow the hosts to run away further, cutting the gap to 18-16 by the end of the opening period.

A phenomenal first half by Taylor King, who scored 26 points in the first two quarters, allowed Phoenix to enter the interval with a 46-45 lead, but the Sheffield side had begun mounting serious pressure.

Having successfully slowed down King, Sharks jumped out in front 67-60 in the third quarter, following a 10-2 run, capped off by Olu Babalola’s jumper.

Sharks opened the final frame with a three-point shot by John Barber and went on to increase the gap to 12 points at 83-71 four minutes into the fourth quarter.

Phoenix responded with a 10-2 run of their own and had cut the deficit to four points with a couple of minutes remaining, but Sharks held on to snatch the win on the road.

Cook also grabbed seven boards for Sharks, Mike Tuck and Babalola chipped in with 17 and 14 points respectively for the winners, while Phoenix’s King finished with a game-high 36 points.

Sharks were coached by Andrew Langford because Atiba Lyons was at the birth of his daughter, Marley.

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