The Sharks closed the gap on the leaders in the BBL Championship after a hard fought win over Worcester Wolves last night.
Sharks trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half but rediscovered their form after the interval to dominate the final quarter and pull away for the victory.
Any Sharks fans hoping for fireworks on the team’s first home match since their devastating shooting display in the BBL Cup final would have been sadly disappointed with the first quarter effort.
Steve Dagostino missed all four of his three-point shots and his team-mates faired little better as the experienced duo of Danny Gilbert and Rod Middleton helped Wolves build a 16-24 lead after ten minutes.
Sharks’ fortunes didn’t improve in the second period with Gilbert, big man Justin Dobbins and Lithuanian Aleksas Zimnickas all contributing to a 10-2 run which put Wolves ahead by 15 (26-41).
With Dagostino beginning to find his range the Sharks looked to be closing the gap but two deep threes by Michael Creppy maintained Worcester’s advantage.
Sheffield were struggling to cope with the length and athleticism of the Wolves and they needed a Marcus Stout basket with five seconds of the half remaining to trail 39-51 at half time.
Back-to-back threes at the start of the third quarter from Mike Tuck and Stout helped the Sharks reduce the deficit.
Wolves responded with a 6-0 burst of their own to regain control but 10 points from the influential Ryan Patton in a 16-6 run gave Sharks a 72-71 lead.
Both teams traded baskets in the final period as Wolves made it 79-82. Atiba Lyons put-back was the catalyst for a 14-2 close to the match which saw Patton, Stout and Tuck keep their calm at the free throw line to see Sharks home.