Sheffield Sharks 80
SHEFFIELD Sharks slipped to their second defeat of the weekend on Saturday night with player-coach Atiba Lyons blaming ‘poor execution’ for the loss at Worcester Wolves.
Sharks were within six points heading into the final quarter but couldn’t overcome a strong Worcester team.
Lyons said: “We came out well on Saturday after being a bit flat on Friday. There were just too many errors though; we didn’t execute very well. It was tight but we had too many turnovers in the last few minutes, which led to easy points.”
Sharks made the first push: they scored five straight points, all from Jimmy Langhurst, to lead 9-14. But from there they had a four minute scoreless spell as the hosts clamped down on defence, scoring through Freeman and Zimnickas to narrow the gap to 13-14 after ten minutes.
The second period continued in the same vein. Olu Babalola scored consecutive baskets for the Sharks, only for David Watts to pull the Wolves back with an old-fashioned three-point play. And, after a Mike Tuck three-pointer, the Wolves used a 7-2 run to regain the lead at 32-31. But a strong finish to the half saw the Sharks edge back in front at 35-38.
The Wolves tied the game immediately after the break as Tommy Freeman opened with a three-pointer, and they were still tied at 44 after Carls Fernandez stole the ball and finished with a dunk for the hosts. That gave Wolves momentum as a 14-6 run saw them take the largest lead of the game to that point at 58-50 inside the last three minutes of the third, only to be pegged back to 62-56.
Wolves were up by double figures at 76-66 midway through the fourth period and kept their visitors at arm’s length for the remainder with the lead peaking at the final score.