Sharks captain Adrian Anderson says he had no nerves before his match-winning free throw on Saturday night at Guildford Heat.
Anderson scored the crucial point on his second free throw with just 45 seconds remaining of overtime. The Sharks had earlier forced the extra period when Steve Dagostino made a buzzer-beating three at the end of regulation time.
For Anderson, who had been assisting player-coach Atiba Lyons throughout the game, it was justification for keeping himself match-sharp despite a season of injury and illness.
He said: “My attitude is to do whatever I can for the team. If Atiba needs me for 45 seconds or five minutes I’ll be ready. I have always been there this year motivating the guys but it has been frustrating not being able to play.
“It was strange because I didn’t feel nervous before I took the free throws. I’d only been on court less than a minute and they’d left me wide open. Ryan Patton found me and I thought I’d score but they hacked at me before I could put it in.”
Lyons said Anderson showed the type of player he is: “Coming in after injury and illness, he showed his character to win us the game. Guildford are a tough team to play. We weren’t great but overall did just enough.”