Superb Sharks battle back to beat Lions

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The Sharks are refusing to bow out of the title race without a fight as they pulled off a superb win at MK Lions last night.

Knowing a defeat would have all but ended their BBL Championship hopes, Sheffield battled back from a 12 point second quarter deficit to keep the heat on Newcastle Eagles and Mersey Tigers.

Newcastle won twice this weekend by a combined two points as they overcame tough trips to Worcester Wolves and Plymouth Raiders. But Mersey, who were heavily favoured to win the league after their victory over Sharks last week, came unstuck at Guildford Heat on Saturday night.

The Sharks had the worst possible start as they quickly found themselves in a 10-3 hole. A three by Steve Dagostino and some good play from Paul Williams brought Sheffield back to 15-12 but Travis Nelson ended an 11-4 Lions run to give his team a double-digit lead at 26-16 as Sharks trailed 29-20 at the end of the first quarter.

Things didn’t improve a great deal in the second quarter for Sheffield as Nelson made it 40-29 midway through the period.

The lead remained close to double-digits until an 8-2 Sharks run brought it back to 48-45 on Ryan Patton’s three. Lions ended the half with a triple of their own to lead 51-45.

Four quick points by Milton Keynes made it 55-45 before an excellent spell of play by Sheffield gave them their first lead of the match at 61-60. Patton was proving tough to guard and he helped himself to another three as Sharks ended the third quarter 66-61 ahead.

Lions tied the match at 72-72 but once Marcus Stout had give Sheffield a 75-72 advantage the ice-cool Steve Dagostino sealed the match from the free throw line.

Dagostino made six straight from the charity stripe to calm any Sharks nerves.