Basketball: Shark Ryan back to his best with 29 points

Sheffield Sharks Ryan Patton races through the Plymouth Raiders defence
Sheffield Sharks Ryan Patton races through the Plymouth Raiders defence
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Glasgow Rocks 61

Sheffield Sharks 91

A long range barrage from Sharks Ryan Patton was enough to see Sheffield to a comfortable victory at Glasgow Rocks yesterday evening.

The American point-guard has been in the shadow of fellow guard Steve Dagostino most of the season, but was back to his best as he made nine of 11 attempts from beyond the arc as part of his 29 points.

Sharks have to be perfect the rest of the regular season if they are to catch Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship, who both won twice this weekend.

Two Patton threes set the tone for Sharks offence as they opened up a 19-6 lead. Rocks scored the final 12 points of the quarter to trail 19-18.

Glasgow’s response was complete when Brice Fantazia made it 20-19 and the match was still tight when Moses Mubarak tied it at 26-26.

Sheffield were to lead at half time, though, with an 11-4 run up to the break which saw them head to the locker room 37-30 on top.

Sharks three-point barrage continued in the third quarter. Patton made four and Marcus Stout, back after injury, two as the Sharks lead stretched to 21 points (61-40). Rocks had the better of the closing moments with Sterling Davis beginning a 6-2 run to make it 63-46.

Mike Tuck prevented a Rocks comeback with all Sharks’ points in a 13-6 run to start the fourth quarter. Further threes by Dagostino, Patton and youngster Ash Chandley gave the Sharks a deserved 30-point victory. Player coach Atiba Lyons said: “Ryan was red hot. More and more we play the guys are buying into the system. Last year we were in the opposite position so hopefully this year we can overtake everyone else.”

Scorers: Patton 29, Tuck 16, Williams 14, Babalola 11, Dagostino 8, Stout 8, Chandley 3, Lyons 2.