DBL Sharks Sheffield missed the opportunity to draw level on points with third-placed Glasgow as they were beaten 100-83 at Cheshire Phoenix last night.
Phoenix completed a weekend double over top-four opposition in the British Basketball League.w
Mike DiNunno led the way with a 29-point haul along with nine assists, while Earl Brown posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a strong all-round display.
It is a seventh league win for Phoenix who close the gap in the hunt for the Play-Offs having also beaten Esh Group Eagles Newcastle on the road, on Friday.
There were no early signs of fatigue as the hosts raced into a double-digit advantage at the end of the first quarter before extending their lead to 12 points at the half-time break.
Sheffield - who also won on Friday - edged a high-scoring third period having been down as many as 20 points at 75-55 before a strong finish.
The Sharks were within single figures at 82-73 but an 8-0 run from the home side finished off any hope of a comeback.
Malcolm Riley had 24 points for the visitors.
Cheshire Phoenix 100 (26,48,74) (DiNunno 29, May-Thompson 21, Brown 20)
DBL Sharks Sheffield 83 (16,36,63) (Riley 24, Wroblicky 19, Davis 12)
Other Sunday results: Glasgow Rocks 68 Bristol Flyers 76, Leeds Force 99 Plymouth Raiders 69.
Sharks trail leaders Leicester Riders by 12 points.