11 Jan 2013: Tigers 64-99 Sharks
Mersey Tigers 64 (11,31,44) (Bigley 12, Wait 12, Gallagher 11)
One Health Sharks Sheffield 99 (32,57,78) (Jemison 22, Holmes 16, Gachette 12)
The One Health Sharks Sheffield have notched back-to-back BBL Championship wins, and their first road win in three, after defeating the Mersey Tigers 64-99 in the North West; the win sees them leapfrog the London Lions into the eighth playoff spot. Demetrius Jemison led the scoring with 22 points, supported by BJ Holmes who scored 16 and added 6 assists.
The Sharks never trailed after a solid start saw them score the first 4 points through Jemison and Micah Williams, holding their hosts scoreless for two minutes. An 8-0 burst in the space of 45 seconds soon afterwards made the score 3-11 as Holmes scored all of those points, capping the run with a three-pointer. Jemison scored again to push the lead through double-figures and, from 5-13, the visitors scored another 8 in a row, sparked by a Williams triple. The lead was over 20 before the first quarter was done as Mike Tuck scored 4 points, by which time they had held the Tigers scoreless for a further three minutes for a score of 5-25 that became 11-32 by the end of the quarter.
The second stanza was far more competitive, despite the Sharks opening with a 7-2 run as Olu Babalola hit 4 in a row and Nick Lewis scored a three-pointer. The Sharks flirted with a 30 point lead, but were pegged back through Gael Hulsen and Ryan Gallagher for the hosts, eventually going in at the break with the score at 31-57.
But the lead did go through thirty soon after the break as the visitors opened with an 11-4 spell as Williams scored their first 4 points. But the Tigers tightened up and the teams traded baskets for much of the rest of the quarter, until the Sharks scored the last 4 points through Colin Sing and Zach Gachette to lead 44-78. And they had no trouble keeping the Tigers at arm's length down the stretch, with the lead peaking at 46-85 on George Brownell's basket.