SHEFFIELD Sharks remain without a win in the new BBL season after a poor second half led to a heavy defeat at Manchester Giants last night.
Sharks were outscored 57-37 over the final two quarters as their offence crumbled and their defence allowed the young, primarily British-born Giants players open looks for three-point shots.
It had begun well with American Micah Williams, who was ineligible for Sharks first match of the season, to the fore. Williams and point guard Gage Daye combined as Sheffield quickly built up a 10-5 lead. Andrew Bridge landed his first three since returning to the club and Sharks led 30-20 at the end of the first quarter. Sheffield stretched their advantage to 15 (37-22) before the Giants trimmed the gap back to 47-42. However, a Daye three just before half time gave Sharks a 50-42 interval lead.
The match turned on its head in the third quarter.
Leading 62-54 and looking good the Sharks allowed the Giants to put together an 18-0 run that put the home team fully in control.
Sheffield were their own worst enemy with ball handling errors and bad passes plaguing their offence.
Daye had a particularly bad quarter before he assisted on a Williams three to make it 72-65 to Manchester heading into the final 10 minutes. Giants moved out to 85-71 midway through the period and whenever Sharks looked like fighting back the excellent James Jones was able to sink a crucial three.
Sharks return to the EIS on Sunday (5pm) to play Surrey Heat.
n SHARKS: Daye 30, Williams 22, Tuck 12, Babalola 12, Gachette 6, Bridge 3, Sing 2.