Basketball: Surrey Scorchers 69 Sheffield Sharks 78

Sheffield Sharks defeated Surrey Scorchers 69-78 in a very closely contested game at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford yesterday.

Sunday, 21st February 2016, 8:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 21st February 2016, 8:10 pm
Sheffield Sharks' TJ Robinson

Sharks flew out into an early seven point lead after just two minutes, with five early points by Jerrold Brooks.

TJ Robinson added further points and a three pointer by Colin Sing closed out the first quarter with Sharks 12-28 in the lead.

Scorchers brought the second quarter closer, slowly chipping away at the Sharks’ lead, with K.C Ross-Miller hitting a three pointer to bring the scores level at 24-24 with five minutes of the half remaining.

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Nick Schlitzer added another triple to send the Scorchers in at halftime 34-28 up, with the quarter score going 22-10 in Scorchers’ favour.

Surrey continued to develop their lead in the second half, stretching out to a 41-33 deficit with eight minutes of the quarter to play.

A quick timeout by Sharks coach Atiba Lyons rejuvenated his team and Sharks went on a nine point run to level the scores at 46-46 with two minutes of the quarter to go.

A three from Brandon Hogg closed out the action and sent Sharks into the final 10 minutes with a 48-52 advantage.

K.C Ross-Miller brought Scorchers back into the game, hitting a couple of three pointers to send himself to 14 individual points and bring the game to 53-58.

However the fourth quarter belonged to Sharks’ MVP Brandon Hogg, who scored a quick-fire nine points to really open up the gap between the two sides and ensure his team the 69-78 win.

Hogg ended the game with 11 points, three behind leading scorers ,captain Mike Tuck with 14 and Jerrold Brooks who shot 17.

Sharks’ traveling continues on 4 March in Plymouth where they take on the Raiders and on 5 March in Bristol up against the Flyers, before returning to the EIS Sheffield on 11 March to host London Lions.