Sorry Sharks remain third for play-offs despite defeat to Raiders

Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck scores against Manchester Giants. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck scores against Manchester Giants. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield Sharks were beaten by Plymouth Raiders 82-76 in the last game of the regular season.

Despite the defeat, Sheffield will remain in third place entering the playoffs.

Jerrold Brooks, Mike Tuck and TJ Robinson showed their worth as they combined for the team’s first eight points. But some sloppy defence and poor communication allowed Plymouth to stay well within touching distance.

A Kyle Odister three at the end of the first quarter gave Sheffield the lead again in a back and forth affair.

The low scoring, tight game continued in the second quarter as both teams failed to score on offence, but consecutive baskets by Toluwase gave the Sharks a 33-28 lead going into half time.

The second half started with a big three pointer by Brooks to put Sharks in a commanding position, with free throws from Robinson and Toluwase setting the score at 41-35 with seven minutes of the quarter left to go.

However a spree of quick fire scoring by Raiders saw them bring it back to just a two point affair, leading to a panic timeout being called by Sharks coach Atiba Lyons.

The back and forth scoring remained consistent until a pair of three pointers by Raiders’ player/coach and top scorer Daryl Corletto saw his side close the gap to just one point at 55-56 with just one more quarter to go.

The final ten minutes of Sharks’ regulation BBL season began with another three pointer by Brooks, followed by a few baskets from captain Tuck to keep Sharks ahead 67-70 with four minutes to go. Tuck put in a solid performance once again, picking up a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

However a fouling spree by Sharks saw them shoot themselves in the foot. Sharks committed six fouls in just over a minute and conceded 11 unanswered points, going from 73-76 in the lead, to ultimately lose 82-76 in a result to forget.

Sharks will face London Lions in the upcoming play-off quarter finals after finishing third in this year’s BBL Championship.