Sharks fail to follow up super Friday win

Sheffield Sharks Mike Tuck gets a lift up for another basket
Sheffield Sharks Mike Tuck gets a lift up for another basket
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Worcester Wolves 71

Sheffield Sharks 67

The Sharks missed a great to chance to move closer to the leaders in the BBL with a 71-67 defeat at Worcester Wolves on Saturday night.

It was Sharks second match in 24 hours after their magnificent victory at Newcastle Eagles on Friday.

But their efforts in the north-east seemed to take their toll as Atiba Lyons’ team scored a season low in points to allow the Wolves to finally beat them after twice running Sheffield close this year.

And with Newcastle losing for the second time this weekend, this time at Leicester Riders on Saturday, it meant that the opportunity to pile the pressure on the reigning champions by moving within four points was lost.

Worcester started brightly and found themselves with a healthy lead early as a Rod Middleton three handed them a nine point advantage at 16-7.

The One Health sponsored-Sharks worked hard to get themselves back into the game but by the end of the first quarter were still adrift at 20-14.

The perimeter shooting of the Wolves was their main source of success and at 27-16 they had already made five of eight from behind the arc and were enjoying a period of dominance as they opened a double figure lead.

However, as they had shown the previous evening in Newcastle, the Sharks are never lie down and they came storming back with a Ryan Patton three shortly before the interval cutting the deficit to just 34-30.

The Sharks continued their good work after half time and having briefly taken the lead themselves, the game was perfectly poised at 51-51 heading into the last quarter.

The game still hung in the balance right until the closing stages with both teams taking the lead by a point or two before Wolves stepped up their defence and made key foul shots in the closing moments to take the win.

The loss was tough on Mike Tuck who had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for Sharks.

Sharks scorers: Dagostino 16, Tuck 14, Babalola 13, Williams 11, Stout 8, Patton 3, Lyons 2.