Basketball: Plymouth Raiders 72 Sheffield Sharks 78

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Sheffield Sharks made it six in a row with a superb road win at Plymouth Raiders.

The Sharks trailed by double-digits in the second quarter but showed why they’ll be a tough match for anyone in the play-offs by storming back.

Defeat for Plymouth sees them slip out of third position, which is now taken over by Glasgow Rocks.

Mike Tuck led Sharks scoring with 19 points while Raiders’ Matt Schneck had a game-high 21.

Sharks had planned to keep the Raiders quiet in the first quarter and it was going according to Atiba Lyons’ wishes as his team led 15-14 with just under two minutes remaining.

But Raiders finished the period in style with a 9-0 tear to lead 23-15.

Plymouth pushed their advantage out to 36-23 on a Matt Schneck two but it was as good as it was going to get before half for the hosts as Sharks fought back.

Trailing 40-29 Sharks ended the second quarter on a 7-0 run capped off by a three from Olu Babalola.

And Sharks continued where they’d left off after the break with a Demetrius Jemison two and Nick Lewis three putting them 41-40 up.

Raiders re-took the lead midway through the quarter, but from 46-43 on top they went into the final quarter behind because of a 10-3 Sheffield burst.

A 7-0 start to the final stanza put Raiders back in the lead at 56-53 and the initiative moved from team to team until 65-65 when a 7-0 run took them clear.

The closest Plymouth got was after a three by Javarris Barnett, which made it 75-72 but two free throws by Holmes and one from Jemison made the match safe.

* The Sharks return to the English Institute of Sport on Sunday to take on Newcastle Eagles (5pm).

* SHARKS: Tuck 19, Jemison 17, Holmes 16, Babalola 11, Lewis 9, Bridge 4, Gachette 2.

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