Worcester Wolves 82
Sheffield Sharks 66
THE struggle continues for One Health Sharks Sheffield after Worcester Wolves condemned the South Yorkshire side to a fifth league loss in six games.
Saturday’s result leaves the Sharks in joint 10th position in the BBL Championship, just two points above bottom-of-the-table Mersey Tigers.
The hosts were always on top, enjoying the better of the opening exchanges and moving 10-6 in front before they were quite literally given a helping hand to increase their advantage when Mike Tuck was called for an unsportsmanlike foul.
That, combined with some slack defensive work by Sharks and an inability to make open shots meant the visitors trailed 24-12 after the first 10 minutes of action.
Things briefly deteriorated further at the start of the second quarter, but Atiba Lyons finally got his players to post a meaningful and impressive run as they outscored Wolves 17-5.
Much of that improved work was down to the aggressive approach at the basket of Colin Sing and Zach Gachette who helped get the Wolves’ big men into some early foul trouble, something which compensated for Tuck being sidelined on a worrying three fouls.
Unfortunately the Sharks just couldn’t get their three-point shots to drop with any kind of consistency, and that continued to hurt them as their improved work began to unravel just after the interval when they fell 49-40 behind.
In stark contrast, Wolves had the hot-hand of Alex Owumi to rely on, and he had five triples to his name by the time they had rebuilt their double-figure lead at 56-43 going into the last quarter.
Micah Williams was the main offensive threat for Sharks and he began to really come alive with some accurate three-point shooting of his own. But, as hard as he tried to get his beleaguered team back into the contest, it was too little and too late.
With his backcourt partner Gage Daye fouling out, the Wolves easily wrapped up a comfortable win to pile more misery on Lyons.
SHARKS scorers: Williams 24, Daye 19, Babalola 10