A last gasp win keeps Sharks in title hunt

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MK Lions 91

Sheffield Sharks 92

Sharks kept alive their title hopes with a 92-91 road win at MK Lions last night.

After losing their last two away matches, they were desperate to follow up Friday’s home win against Leicester Riders with another two points to keep the pressure on table toppers Newcastle Eagles. And it looked as though it wasn’t going to be their night when the dangerous Demarius Bolds converted a three-point play to give Lions a 91-90 lead with 13 seconds remaining.

Yet shooting guard Marcus Stout was fouled on the next play and he calmly made both of his free throws to edge Sharks back in front. During the opening exchanges a 9-0 Sharks burst, capped by a Stout three, gave Sheffield a 19-27 advantage. Lions, though, ended the first quarter with a 7-1 burst of their own. Sharks guard Ryan Patton displayed a welcome return to form with a couple of three-pointers, which tied the match at 48-48.

The veteran Myers had the last word with a triple to put Lions 51-48 ahead.

Milton Keynes had their biggest lead during the third period. Sharks had moved out to 61-56 on an Olu Babalola two but MK rattled off 12 of the next 14 points to go ahead. Sheffield replied with the next five points and the match was still tied (73-73) at the end of the quarter.

Patton’s fifth three-point shot seemed to have given Sharks enough breathing room late in the match at 90-85 but Bolds, scored the next six points to give his team the narrowest of leads. It looked like another frustrating trip for Sharks until Stout stepped in.

Sharks scorers: Stout 29, Patton 17, Babalola 14, Williams 13, Tuck 13, Dagostino 4, Lyons 2.