Sharks secure play-off place

DBL Sharks Sheffield have made it through to the benecos BBL Play-Offs after they got the win they needed against Esh Group Eagles Newcastle to seal their place in the top eight.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 11:13 am
Updated Thursday, 25th April 2019, 11:30 pm

One win would seal the spot and a 104-86 success over the third-placed Eagles did the job for Atiba Lyons’ men.

A scorching start settled home nerves, with Sharks completing a season sweep over their opponents for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.

That high-tempo right from the start proved to be the difference.

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Sharks went off from the tip and erupted to score 59 points by the interval, which was more than Eagles have conceded by half-time in any game this season.

As usual, Dirk Williams top-scored for the home side but while there were some incredible individual numbers, the 32 assists for Sharks also showed in truth, it was a team effort.

Williams was at his sensational best and finished with a spectacular 42 points, as well as seven assists and six boards. Rob Marsden was also superb and claimed a stellar double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, plus seven assists.

While a top-eight place has been secured, with matches still to be played, Sharks do not yet know who their play-off opponents will be.