Sheffield Sharks 86 Glasgow Rocks 92

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Sheffield Sharks failed to hold back Glasgow Rocks as the visitors claimed an 86-92 overtime victory.

A generally tough defensive effort was not enough to compensate for poor offence as the Sharks failed to register back-to-back wins.

Mike Cook earned MVP of the game with 24 points, three assists and three steals.

The two teams have struggled to be consistent defensively this season but surprisingly it was careless offence which let them both down in the first half.

The teams traded turnovers and struggled to execute on offence.

Sheffield made 12 first half turnovers compared to just 10 in total in their last game against Leicester Riders. Glasgow themselves had 11.

A steal by Barber and a resulting buzzer beater by Jerrold Brooks energized what was a previously dormant Sheffield home crowd and ended the half by giving the Sharks a slim 38-34 lead.

Coach Lyons wanted his team to play quicker and get into a rhyme on offence. This was certainly the case. With just three minutes gone in the third, the Sharks jumped out to a 13-point lead with captain Tuck being the main catalyst.

However, poor interior defence became the story of the night.

Combined with clumsy possessions on offence this allowed Glasgow to cut the lead down to 56-53 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter became a back and forth contest. Cook’s three with 2:33 left in the game seemed to ease the tension before Warren Gillis immediately responded with a three of his own.

A missed free throw by Cook meant two points would tie the game and three would win it for Glasgow.

An excellent penetrating drive by Gillis and dish to Will Hall sent the game into overtime.

Gillis scored on Glasgow’s first two possessions as they continued their momentum from the fourth quarter.

Jonny Bunyan added crucial points as Glasgow grabbed the win on the road.

Sheffield have now been overtaken by Glasgow and have a 4-6 record.

The Sharks will look to pick themselves back up away to Cheshire Phoenix on Friday, December 6.

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