Basketball: Durham Wildcats 74 Sharks 84

Olu Babalola top scored with 20 points for Sharks at Durham. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Olu Babalola top scored with 20 points for Sharks at Durham. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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The Sharks held off a late surge from Durham Wildcats on Sunday to keep the pressure on the top two clubs in the BBL Championship

Sheffield led by 16 with less than three minutes to play but allowed the Wildcats to get within six (74-68) with 90 seconds on the clock before keeping their nerve from the free throw line via BJ Holmes and Nick Lewis.

Olu Babalola led the Sharks scoring with 20 points while Lewis had three triples in his 17 points.

Earlier in the match two free throws from Sharks skipper Mike Tuck made it 11-7 to the visitors but the Wildcats responded with an 11-2 burst, their best run of the first quarter, to lead 18-13.

Sharks scored the final four points of the period to trail 18-17 at the first break.

And the visitors continued where they’d left off in the second quarter.

Tuck’s three tied the match at 22-22 and it began a 16-2 run for Sheffield, which took the score to 38-24.

Wildcats point guard Ralph Bucci stemmed the onslaught with a three but Sharks responded with a 7-4 burst, capped by Lewis’ triple, to make it 45-29 at half time.

Sharks briefly pushed their advantage to 20 points (49-29) but Wildcats trimmed the gap back to 63-48 with 10 minutes to play.