Worcester Wolves 86 Sheffield Sharks 86: BBL Trophy semi-final first leg ends all square
A dramatic end to a rollercoaster game saw Sheffield Sharks' BBL Trophy semi-final first leg with Worcester Wolves end all square.
The Sharks headed south following a mixed weekend last time out - a gritty win at home to Manchester Giants was followed by a disappointing defeat at Plymouth - and were hoping to avenge a BBL Cup semi-final loss to Worcester earlier this season.
Atiba Lyons’ side started on the front foot as a slow first quarter came to life with an 11-0 Sharks run, some fine shooting from Sheffield’s Dirk Williams the highlight. Williams hit 11 first quarter points as Sheffield took control, leading 27-16 at the buzzer.
It was the same story in the second period. More superb Sharks offense and sharp shooting from the free throw line - Sharks had hit nine from 11 mid-way through Q2 - gave Sheffield breathing space. At half time the Sharks enjoyed a surprisingly commanding 49-37 lead.
Worcester, though, started to reel the Sharks in midway through Q3. However, back came the Sharks again with Mike Tuck shooting 2/2 from the free throw line to give Sheffield their biggest lead yet at 15 points.
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Worcester were, however, starting to look dangerous towards the end of the third, bringing the score to 71-64 with a 10-2 run. That set up a dramatic conclusion, with Worcester eventually coming back to level the scores before falling behind again, only to edge into an 86-83 lead with seconds remaining.
There was a twist in the tale though, Mackey McKnight sinking a last gasp triple with 5.5 seconds remaining to secure a rare tie and head back to Sheffield at 86-86.
Rob Marsden (pictured) put in an eye-catching shift for Sharks with a 12-point and 10-rebound double-double.