Late Sharks attack brings down Rocks, while Riders lock up Play-Offs spot

DBL Sharks Sheffield produced a remarkable comeback from 16 points down at the end of the third to snap Glasgow Rocks’ eight-game win streak on their home court.

The Trophy runners-up outscored the Rocks 8-33 in the final period as they found their range from outside to win 72-81. Mike Tuck top scored with 19 points for the Sharks and was delighted with his side’s fight back ahead of his departure for the Commonwealth Games.

“This was a statement game for us,” he declared. Proud of how we fought back down the stretch to close the deficit and get the win.

“With the table being so tight, this head to head win is huge as the playoffs quickly approach.”

Glasgow had started the weekend with a convincing 75-93 success away at London Lions despite 28 points from Justin Robinson in his hometown of Brixton.

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle overcame a slow start to defeat Bristol Flyers 93-70 behind a combined 59 points from Jaysean Paige and Saah Nimley. The Eagles trailed 14-28 after 10 minutes with Leslee Smith getting off to a hot start before the Eagles outscored the visitors 57-21 in the second half.

Meanwhile, Leicester Riders became the first team to book their spot in the Play-Offs as they earned a 97-84 victory over Cheshire Phoenix with JR Holder and Andy Thomson scoring 24 and 21 points, respectively.

Cheshire had beaten Worcester Wolves 91-84 on Friday night with Raheem May-Thompson netting 22 points in the win. Paul James’ Wolves side bounced back with a 68-97 success at Manchester Giants, who also suffered a 103-97 loss at Plymouth Raiders on Friday night as Tre Bowman poured in 28 points.

Surrey Scorchers kept up their push for a top-four finish as they eased to a 53-109 win on the road against Leeds Force as Gerald Robinson led a balanced attack with 20 points.