SHEFFIELD Sharks picked up their first BBL Championship win of the season with a comfortable victory over Durham Wildcats last night at the English Institute of Sport.
After four straight defeats to start the season, the Sharks were superior to the Wildcats in every department.
Sharks conceded the first basket of the match to Durham but after that were dominant in the first quarter.
A Mike Tuck two started an 14-0 run that put Sheffield firmly in control. Micah Williams capped that burst with a three and it was the American and Tuck who were causing the most problems for the Wildcats with five and seven points respectively as Sharks led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Sharks continued to look good in the second quarter. New signing Nick Lewis was getting plenty of court time from coach Atiba Lyons as Sheffield gradually increased their lead.
The advantage peaked at 44-23 on two Gage Daye free throws. Durham had the last word before half time as Brad Guinane hit a three to trim the gap to 44-26.
It was more even in the third period as Sharks looked to maintain their strong position. Williams was having one of his best games in a Sharks vest and it was his two that gave Sheffield their biggest lead at 61-38. Durham finished with a 6-2 run, all the points scored by Andrew Keister to trail the Sharks 63-44.
Sharks completed the job with a minimum of fuss in the final quarter as Lyons had the luxury of being able to give his bench players valuable court time.
n SHARKS: Williams 21, Tuck 16, Babalola 14, Daye 14, Bridge 4, Gachette 3, Sing 2.