In-form Paul leads Sharks to third spot

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SHEFFIELD Sharks sealed third place in the BBL Championship last night after a routine victory over a woeful Glasgow Rocks at the English Institute of Sport.

Just 24 hours after seeing their title hopes disappear with a loss at Mersey Tigers, Sheffield were never in danger against a Rocks team that has been in freefall in recent weeks.

Paul Williams was once again in excellent form to finish with 19 points and 13 rebounds. And the Sharks led by 28 points at one stage as the match became a rout.

Glasgow began well enough with a 6-11 run giving the Sharks something to think about early in the match. It was as good as it would get for the visitors in the first half though as Williams put on another masterclass under the basket.

The big man was proving almost impossible to defend under the basket as he pulled Sheffield back into the match. A Ryan Patton three put Sharks in the lead at 20-17 as they took the quarter 22-19.

Sheffield looked a better team after the break. Two more Patton threes from Williams assists helped them out to a 37-21 lead.

It seemed to break the Rocks resistance for the rest of the half as Marcus Stout began connecting from long range. The American’s two threes took Sharks lead to 51-28 as the second ended with Sheffield well on top at 51-30.

Stout then began and ended an 11-4 opening to the second half to give the One Health sponsored-Sharks their biggest lead of the night at 62-34.

Taking a 69-48 advantage into the final quarter the Sharks were never threatened by a very lacklustre Rocks. Three late threes by the visitors made the score slightly more respectable but Sheffield were comfortable victors.

n SHARKS scorers: Williams 19, Stout 18, Patton 16, Babalola 9, Dagostino 4, Lyons 2, Anderson 2.