DBL Sharks Sheffield breezed past London Lions at the EIS on Friday night as Atiba Lyons’ side moved level on points with early BBL Championship pace-setters ESH Group Eagles Newcastle.
Up against a potential top-four rival, Lyons’ Sharks side hit the floor running at the start of the second half to ease to make it five BBL Championship wins in a row - and put on perhaps their most impressive performance of the 2017/18 season so far.
An even first quarter saw the Lions strike first before the Sharks hit back to level, a brilliant defence-splitting move from Chris Alexander taking the Sharks into the lead for the first time.
A 7-0 Sharks run, starting in the first quarter and ending in the second, saw the Sharks open up a commanding lead for the first time - however back came the Lions, levelling at 32-32 midway through the quarter after a 4-0 spell of their own.
Another mini 4-0 run gave the Sharks breathing space - Chris Alexander again in the thick of things for the home side. Tuck, Wroblicky and Marsden also played a huge part, pulling down five offensive rebounds between them. Indeed, the Sharks hit an impressive 13 second chance points in the opening 20 minutes. A superb on-the-turn jump shot from Zach Gachette on the buzzer saw the Sharks head in at 42-36.
A blistering start to the third from the Sharks put clear daylight between the sides for the first time - hard work underneath both baskets from Wroblicky, Marsden and Tuck provided the backbone for Dirk Williams to hit back-to-back triples and set the Sharks on their way.
London didn’t lie down but simply could not handle the Sharks - who finished with four players in double figures.
A final score of 83-73 failed to tell the full story as the Sharks ran out comfortable winners.
DBL Sharks Sheffield head coach Atiba Lyons: “I thought we came out with some really good energy, we did a pretty good job of rotating and making effort plays.
“This time of year, you don’t know what to expect - we just want to keep winning games and seeing how we progress.”
Sharks scorers: Williams 18, Alexander 16, Marsden 15, Tuck 14, McKnight 9, Wroblicky 8, Gachette 3.