Basketball: Holmes injury completes unhappy Sharks trip

Sheffield Shark point guard BJ Holmes
Sheffield Shark point guard BJ Holmes
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SHEFFIELD Sharks have an injury concern to point-guard BJ Holmes after their 85-65 defeat at Glasgow Rocks last night.

It completed a miserable northern road trip for the Sharks who were beaten 107-86 at Newcastle Eagles on Friday night.

Holmes, who has been in excellent form since joining the club mid-way through the season, clashed legs with a Rocks player and was unable to take to the court for the fourth quarter. By that time Sharks trailed 68-46 after allowing the Rocks to dominate the second and third periods.

Holmes will have an x-ray this morning in Sheffield with the club hoping it is nothing more serious than a bruise.

The match had started well for Sheffield with two Micah Williams threes helping them to a 23-21 advantage after 10 minutes. However, with the match tied at 32-32 late in the second quarter the Rocks put together a 14-2 burst to lead 46-34 at half time.

And things didn’t get any better after the interval as the home team out-scored Sheffield 22-12 in the third quarter.

With damage limitation the key in the final stanza Sharks trimmed the gap to 15 (68-53) on a Williams two but Rocks guard Brice Fantazia hit a three immediately after a Rocks time-out to end once and for all any hopes of a Sheffield comeback.

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons said: “They hit some tough shots. Offensively we were poor although we weren’t great on defence either.”

The two teams meet again on Friday at the EIS in the BBL Trophy quarter-final.

n SHARKS: Williams 16, Holmes 13, Tuck 10, Lewis 7, Jemison 6, Bridge 6, Gachette 4, Babalola 3.

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