Daye stars but Sharks fall to heavy home loss

Sharks in blue were no match for the visiting Raiders on Friday night.
Sharks in blue were no match for the visiting Raiders on Friday night.
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Plymouth Raiders moved themselves level with the Surrey Heat in fourth position after a comprehensive 71-99 victory at One Health Sharks Sheffield on Friday night.

The opening quarter saw both teams trading baskets throughout with the lead changing hands on a number of different occasions. An Andrew Lasker basket with three minutes left in the period saw the visitors open up a healthy six point advantage at 26-20, but baskets from Mike Tuck and Gage Daye saw the Sharks half the deficit by the end of the quarter as they trailed by three points at 29-26.

In the second quarter, the Raiders continued to maintain their advantage over their hosts, but could not shake off a resilient Sharks outfit as a three-pointer from Olu Babalola and a Zach Gachette basket trimmed the deficit down to a single point at 38-37 with 5:26 remaining in the half.

However, this was as close as the home side would get however as the visitors sought to end the half strongly thanks to a 10-4 finish to head into the locker rooms leading 48-41 at the half.

In the second half, the visitors maintained their advantage throughout the third quarter, but they were still unable to pull away from a Sharks and when a Babalola three-pointer got the home side to within two points at 55-53, it looked like that might just be the case, but a Matt Schneck basket sparked the Raiders into life as they bagged a 16-6 tear to re-assert their authority on the game and took the score out to 71-59 with less than a minute remaining in the period.

The visitors held onto that 12 point advantage at the end of the quarter thanks to a Michael Ojo basket to send them into the final stanza leading 73-61.

In the final quarter, the Sharks tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest, but the Raiders ended the home side’s resilience as they enjoyed a 13-2 burst, with Jeremy Bell confirming their superiority late on.

n SHARKS: Daye 26, Babalola 16, Tuck 14, Gachette 5, Jemison 4, Williams/Bridge 2, Sing 1.