DBL Sharks Sheffield earned a hard-fought win over Leicester Riders, at Morningside Arena.
Leicester Riders 70-71 DBL Sharks Sheffield (26-15, 40-37, 48-53)
DBL Sharks Sheffield produced a gritty display to earn a hard-fought 70-71 victory over Leicester Riders, at Morningside Arena.
The win sees the visitors improve their record to 8-3 and move within just two points of London Lions at the top of the standings. Meanwhile, the hosts slip to their second defeat of the campaign and remain in fifth place in the table.
Leading scorers – Wayne Martin/Deandre Burnett 15, JR Holder/Andrew Thomson 13 (Riders) – Dirk Williams 33, Christopher Alexander 18, Robert Marsden 8 (Sharks)
Turning point – The Sharks turned up the pressure after the break, holding the Riders to just eight points during the entire third quarter. As a result, the visitors snatched the game’s momentum and held on until the final buzzer.
Key stat – Sheffield managed to frustrate Leicester from the second quarter onward, holding the hosts to under 40% shooting from the floor and only 28% from three.
Game hero – Dirk Williams netted a game-high 33 points on just 17 shots and added 10 rebounds to lift the Sharks to victory. Williams connected on five of his 10 shots from behind the arc and hit all six of his free throws.