Cheshire Phoenix 100 DBL Sharks, Sheffield 83: Sharks miss chance to go joint third

Malcolm Riley, Sharks' top scorer. Photo: Matt McLennan

Malcolm Riley, Sharks' top scorer. Photo: Matt McLennan

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DBL Sharks Sheffield missed the opportunity to draw level on points with third-placed Glasgow as they were beaten 100-83 at Cheshire Phoenix last night.

Phoenix completed a weekend double over top-four opposition in the British Basketball League.w

Mike DiNunno led the way with a 29-point haul along with nine assists, while Earl Brown posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a strong all-round display.

It is a seventh league win for Phoenix who close the gap in the hunt for the Play-Offs having also beaten Esh Group Eagles Newcastle on the road, on Friday.

There were no early signs of fatigue as the hosts raced into a double-digit advantage at the end of the first quarter before extending their lead to 12 points at the half-time break.

Sheffield - who also won on Friday - edged a high-scoring third period having been down as many as 20 points at 75-55 before a strong finish.

The Sharks were within single figures at 82-73 but an 8-0 run from the home side finished off any hope of a comeback.

Malcolm Riley had 24 points for the visitors.

Cheshire Phoenix 100 (26,48,74) (DiNunno 29, May-Thompson 21, Brown 20)

DBL Sharks Sheffield 83 (16,36,63) (Riley 24, Wroblicky 19, Davis 12)

Other Sunday results: Glasgow Rocks 68 Bristol Flyers 76, Leeds Force 99 Plymouth Raiders 69.

Sharks trail leaders Leicester Riders by 12 points.

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