Basketball: Sheffield Sharks 91 Glasgow Rocks 88

Colin Sing changed the match in Sharks' favour. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Colin Sing changed the match in Sharks' favour. Pic: Dean Woolley.
  • Sharks fight back from 17 points behind
  • BJ Holmes and Mike Tuck top score with 22 points each
  • The victory is Sheffield’s fifth in a row

Sheffield Sharks pulled off a stunning victory on Friday night at the EIS against Glasgow Rocks to extend their winning run to five matches.

Trailing by as many as 17 points (59-42) midway through the third quarter, the Sharks fought back to come out on top and further enhance their BBL Championship play-off credentials.

It was no easy night for Sheffield who began brightly to hold a 17 point advantage of their own at 27-10 in the first quarter only to be hammered by a succession of Rocks three-point shots during the second and third quarters.

However, the introduction of bench player Colin Sing turned the game in Sheffield’s direction as he shut down Rocks dangerman Reggie Middleton and chipped in with nine points of his own.

Sharks were 43-36 down at half time and were in an even bigger hole in the third period until Sing, young guard Nick Lewis and captain Mike Tuck helped cut the margin back to 71-62 heading into the final quarter.

Sing and Lewis combined again at the start of the fourth quarter as Sharks 10-2 run made it 73-72 to Rocks. And Tuck’s two gave Sheffield their first lead at 79-78 since 34-33.

Rocks began to get into foul trouble with Middleton and player-coach Sterling Davis both fouling out with five minutes to play.

John Barber gave Sharks an 85-81 lead before five quick points from Rocks put the visitors back on top again.

Mike Cook edged Sharks ahead again before Johnny Bunyan gave Glasgow their final lead at 88-87. However, Cook’s two and free throws from BJ Holmes and Sing put the match beyond Glasgow.

* Sharks scorers: Holmes 22, Tuck 22, Cook 16, Lewis 16, Sing 9, Barber 4, Babalola 2.