The business end of the season calls for big performances and last night Sharks giant duo Mike Tuck and Paul Williams delivered just that to see off MK Lions at Ponds Forge.
Tuck and Williams have done the dirty work under the basket all year receiving little credit beyond the walls of their locker room.
But last night, when they were needed most, the pair were unstoppable to lead Sheffield to a win that keeps the pressure on BBL leaders Mersey Tigers.
Tuck, who stands 6ft 8in, ended the match with 32 points and 11 rebounds while the 6ft 10in centre Williams had perhaps his best game in a Sharks vest to finish with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Tuck, was the main threat for Sharks, scoring 10 points in a 16-12 opening.
Two baskets by Steve Dagostino helped Sharks lead 24-21 at the first buzzer.
Tuck continued to be the first offensive option in the second quarter. His six points in a 13-9 run put Sheffield 37-30 ahead. And then the power-forward’s three-point play sparked a 13-4 burst, capped by a deep Ryan Patton three. Lions scored the last five points of the half to make it 50-42.
A 10-2 Sharks run early in the third quarter and then an 8-0 burst gave them a comfortable looking 70-53 lead. But Lions refused to buckle and ended the period with an impressive spell of play, which brought them back to 72-62.
Lions cut the gap to seven (74-67) but a Tuck three began a 16-9 run, which made the match safe. Williams had eight points in the burst as he totally dominated the Lions.