A PURPLE patch of form by Demetrius Jemison in the fourth quarter saw Sheffield Sharks through to their third win in six days last night at the English Institute of Sport.
The American forward has been playing well since joining the club mid-season but has largely done his work quietly and efficiently.
However, when he was needed against a top three chasing Raiders side he didn’t disappoint as he scored ten points in a crucial late run that sealed the match for Sheffield.
Sharks had begun well with a 6-0 burst but it was Raiders who ended the first quarter on top. Leading 14-12 Sheffield suffered at the hands of big man Andreas Schreiber who scored the visitors final six points of the quarter to give Plymouth an 18-16 lead after ten minutes.
With Plymouth playing a zone defence the Sharks made good use of their three-point shots with Andrew Bridge, BJ Holmes and Nick Lewis twice connecting from long range.
Sharks’ lead peaked at 42-30 on Lewis’s second triple and they looked set to take a double-digit lead into the interval but three by Drew Lasker capped a 10-5 close to the half by the Raiders.
Mike Tuck scored Sharks first six points for the third quarter as they went 53-40 up and a further 6-2 burst gave Sheffield their biggest lead of the period at 59-43.
Raiders began to find their range and responded with a 6-0 burst of their own before a two from Holmes, another from Demetrius Jemison and a free throw by Bridge sent Sharks into the final period with a 64-51 advantage.
Raiders closed to 66-58 before Jemison inspired a 16-9 close to the match.
* SHARKS: Jemison 21, Holmes 19, Lewis 13, Babalola 13, Tuck 12, Bridge 4.
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