Basketball Report: DBL Sharks Sheffield win Yorkshire derby and learn their Trophy Final opponents

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons
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Sheffield Sharks followed up qualification for the British Basketball League Trophy final by breezing past Yorkshire rivals Leeds Force 107-79 on Friday night.

Sharks Trophy final opponents were also confirmed - Leicester Riders defeated London Lions 92-65 in the second leg of the semi-final to take the tie 182-146 on aggregate. Kiefer Douse led the Riders attack with 25 points.

After a tough start to February in which Atiba Lyons' side played five games in just 10 days, Sharks enjoyed a comfortable evening and moved up to fourth in the BBL Championship standings.

Having edged the first quarter 23-20, a monster dunk from Dirk Williams early in the second set the Sharks on their way, a 10-2 run opening up a double-digit lead which was extended to 54-36 at the half.

Williams was again at the heart of a second-half Sharks effort which further extended their lead to 81-52 at the end of Q3, the Sharks guard pouring in 26 points and connecting with 10 of his 11 shots in a comfortable victory.

Indeed, Sharks shot incredibly well all evening, hitting 63% of their shot attempts and 51% from beyond the three-point line.

Atiba Lyons' side travel to Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday evening for a tough road fixture, hoping to continue their push for a top-three finish.

Leading scorers - Sinani 23, Kuyinu 17, Brownell 10 (Force); Williams 26, Gachette 16, Marsden 14 (Sharks)