Basketball: Sheffield Sharks 78 Worcester Wolves 73

Nick Lewis passes the ball for Sharks
Nick Lewis passes the ball for Sharks
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SHEFFIELD Sharks moved within touching distance of the play-offs after an excellent victory last night at the English Institute of Sport.

It was the Sharks fourth win in a row and came against a Worcester team that is fighting to finish third in the BBL Championship.

Barring any major lapse in form Sharks should finish the regular season in seventh place and in great heart for a tilt at a second piece of silverware this campaign.

Atiba Lyons’ team would have been delighted with their first quarter performance except for the final 30 seconds when they allowed Wolves a 6-0 run. Before that, though, they’d been dominant. Mike Tuck scored 14 points in the period as Sheffield raced into a 31-11 lead.

However, Wolves mini-revival allowed them back to 31-17 after ten minutes.

Sheffield continued to cut through the Wolves zone defence at will in the second quarter.

Nick Lewis landed a three-point shot and Andrew Bridge also claimed a triple as Sharks surged 43-21 in front.

Canadian Lewis was proving equally effective as fellow countryman Tuck and his second three of the quarter started a 7-2 run up to the half time break which saw Sheffield lead 50-27.

A lesser team may have buckled under the Sharks play but Worcester are a solid outfit and began to show their class in the third quarter.

Stanley Ocitti’s first points of the match started a 16-2 run that brought the visitors back to within five (55-50) before BJ Holmes hit a well-needed basket for the Sharks.

Holmes then made two of three free throws in the final second of the period to lead 59-50. Wolves continued to chip away at the Sharks and pulled to within one (74-73) on back-to-back threes, but Lewis and then Tuck kept their cool from the line to seal the match for Sheffield.

* SHARKS: Tuck 23, Holmes 16, Lewis 13, Jemison 11, Babalola 6, Bridge 5, Gachette 2, Sing 2.

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