Basketball: Sharks 72 Glasgow Rocks 77

Jeremie Simmons tried to set up an offence for Sheffield Sharks last night against Glasgow Rocks. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Jeremie Simmons tried to set up an offence for Sheffield Sharks last night against Glasgow Rocks. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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The Sharks title hopes took a dent just before Christmas with a 77-72 defeat against Glasgow Rocks last night at the EIS.

Sheffield suffered through poor shooting as they connected just once from 18 three point shots while their visitors made good use of the long-ball to hit eight of their 24 attempts.

Sharks couldn’t get going in the early stages of the first quarter with Glasgow exploiting Sheffield’s lacklustre defence.

Veteran guard EJ Harrison made the Sharks pay as he controlled the game to move the visitors into a 23-12 lead.

An injection of energy came from Sheffield’s bench and a 10-0 burst brought the Sharks back to 23-22 before Alex Marcotullio hit a two on the first quarter buzzer.

A 12-7 run by Sheffield in the second quarter ensured they led 41-35 at half time.

Two threes by Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis to start the third quarter were enough to put Sharks on the back foot.

And Glasgow grew in confidence to take the lead at 52-50 on their way to a 58-56 advantage heading into the final ten minutes of action.

Sharks took a 64-63 lead on two Demetrius Jemison free throws but Rocks closed the match on a 14-8 run to seal a deserved victory.

Sharks: Jemison 14, Simmons 13, Tuck 13, Horstmann 12, Holmes 8, Lewis 6, Babalola 4, Gachette 2.