Match Report: Sheffield Sharks 110 MK Lions 87

Win with my eyes closed: Jimmy Langhurst couldn't be stopped by the Lions.   Picture: Dean Atkins.
Win with my eyes closed: Jimmy Langhurst couldn't be stopped by the Lions. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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SOMETIMES it all just falls into place. And for the Sharks, last night at the EIS against a tough MK Lions team, it was one of those occasions.

The match was meandering along with Sharks six man roster, ravaged by a sickness bug during the week, looking like it may fall to the visitors.

Trailing 47-42 early in the third quarter after being behind 21-17 and 43-38 at the end of the first two periods, the Sharks suddenly found the kind of form that their fans have been crying out for all season. Ryan Patton and Jimmy Langhurst began to run the Lions defence ragged accompanied by their new best friend Zach Gachette.

The young Londoner was like an eager puppy as he found space to get on the end of Patton and Langhurst’s pin-point passes. Gachette scored 14 points in a 32-13 run up to the end of the third quarter, which turned the match on its head giving Sheffield a 74-60 advantage heading into the final period. The chief architect was the impressive Langhurst.

The junior of the all-Ohio backcourt with Patton, Langhurst was a constant thorn in the side of a Lions team that included Justin Dobbins, who was released by Sheffield two weeks ago.

Once Sharks had seized the lead they continued with their fast-paced play to put the match to bed in the fourth quarter.

Mike Tuck revelled in his role as enforcer in the paint, while Olu Babalola and Colin Sing, the two most affected by the bug, put in sterling shifts for player-coach Atiba Lyons.

The good times seem to be rolling again for the Sharks.

* SHARKS: Langhurst 34, Tuck 24, Gachette 24, Patton 13, Babalola 12, Sing 3.