Video: Amazing last second shot wins game for Sharks

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It’s a clip that is not to be missed as Sharks guard BJ Holmes kept his team’s season alive with a last second game-winner.

Trailing by a point with 5.1 seconds to play Holmes remained calm to shoot over the out-stretched arms of Eagles defender Scott Martin to send the packed English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe wild last Friday.

Sharks BJ Holmes

Sharks BJ Holmes

The 94-92 victory kept Sheffield in touch with BBL Championship leaders Worcester Wolves. After the weekend’s games they sit fourth in table behind Worcester, Newcastle and Leicester Riders but with matches in hand over all of them.

Coach Atiba Lyons praised Holmes. He said: “It was a great win. BJ made a great play and a great shot.

“That’s kind of what he’s getting his reputation for. He’s done it a few times where he’s made big shots late in games.

“Everyone has faith in him at the Sharks.”

The American had twice given the Sharks the lead in the last 30 seconds only for Newcastle Paul Gause and Martin to edge the visitors back in front.

But there was no way back as his shot swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded.

Holmes was the hero last season in the BBL Trophy final when he scored the winning free throws against Leicester in the last 10 seconds of the game at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

Lyons said: “That’s why I re-signed him. You want a point guard who you can put the ball in his hand and trust that good things are going to happen.

“I have all the confidence in BJ. Me and him are pretty much on the same page as far as basketball goes.

“I trust him that he’ll take the tough shot and have a good shot at making it.

“We had to win this to stay alive unless other teams did something amazing and fell apart.”

Sharks play Worcester at the EIS on Friday night in the first leg of the Trophy semi-final. The return game in Worcester is on Wednesday, March 12.

Sheffield’s March 16 game at Glasgow Rocks has now changed to Saturday March 22 (7:30pm) at Emirates Arena.

* Video courtesy of Overtime Basketball.