Sharks hold off Phoenix to end with winning run

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Sheffield Sharks ensured they ended the regular season with a winning overall record by beating Cheshire Phoenix on the road yesterday evening.

Having already set up a play-off quarter-final meeting up with second placed Newcastle Eagles the Sharks wanted to finish their league campaign with a victory to take their record to 17 wins and 16 losses - most of which came in the first half of the season.

After being tied at 17-17 with just over three and a half minutes of the first quarter to play the Sharks surged away with a 12-3 burst to lead 29-20 after ten minutes.

Nick Lewis scored six points in the run, with Mike Tuck adding four and Colin Sing two.

Sharks were still leading by nine at 33-24 before an 8-0 run took their advantage to 41-17.

Cheshire responded by a 6-0 burst of the own but Sheffield dominated the latter stages of the half to take a commanding 52-36 margin into the interval.

The match was far from over though as the Phoenix fought back in the third quarter. Inspired by guard Jerome Gumbs the hosts trailed by just five (60-55) heading into the final period.

Cheshire got back to 71-67 but Sharks maintained their composure to pull clear once again to record their eighth win in nine matches.