The DBL Sharks Sheffield went out to an 18-12 record and a share of third place after a crushing win over Manchester Giants on the road. Rashawn Rembert led the way with a 27 point haul as the Sharks leapfrogged Glasgow and drew level on points with the in-form Worcester Wolves. Just three regular season games remain to decide the Playoff match-ups with momentum being key at this crucial time of the year.
Giants: Toluwase, Jones, Bell, Visockis, Trobo.
Sharks: Wroblicky, Riley, Sing, Guercy, Rembert.
Tony Wroblicky opened the scoring on the evening with a trademark hook but it was Rashawn Rembert, who lit up the early stages from beyond the arc. He went four of four from distance as the Sharks went 12-25 up, aided and abetted by a Max Guercy trey and two buckets from Malcolm Riley. The Giants contributed just four more points until the quarter end as Rembert finally missed from three point country with 1.06 to play. Gachette and Riley made the rim as the Sharks took a convincing 16-31 lead after ten minutes.
The Sharks took the opportunity to give good minutes to Eddy Brownell and Marko Backovic in the second period as a Wroblicky ‘and one’ saw the score move out to 19-36. Brownell hit a big three at 25-43 and Rembert made it to 20 points by half time with a score on the buzzer as the teams went into the locker room at 28-47.
The three point shots continued to rain in during the third stanza. Rembert went out to 25 immediately with two from the line and another triple and Guercy added one of his own from the top of the key at 34-56. Riley bookended a Jerelle Okoro three with efforts of his own and two mid-range jumpers from Tuck saw the score pile up relentlessly at 41-66. Okoro threw down a ferocious two-hander at 43-68 but consecutive Guercy steals saw the Sharks dominant at 43-74 by the period end.
Rembert concluded his 27 point haul midway through the fourth and the Giants were left to a reverse dunk from Toluwase and a big three from Lane to entertain the crowd. Riley found the target from beyond the arc once more and it was left to Aaron Williams to wrap up proceedings with the Sharks on the high side by a sizeable 58-92.
The minutes were evenly spread by Sharks Coach Atiba Lyons as the team completed a professional job. Four Sharks made double figures and three just bubbled under as the South Yorkshire side swept away their Lancastrian counterparts. Malcolm Riley again took a little while to get going but was very convincing once he did. He shot 53% on his way to 19 points with 7 useful rebounds to push the eventual winner close. However, Rashawn Rembert set the tone with four early treys for an eye-watering 90% from the field to put Manchester immediately on the back foot. The former East Tennessee alumnus was deadly from downtown and provided good energy in bringing up the ball, deservedly gaining the plaudits for an impressive afternoon’s work.
Mike Tuck reflected on a comprehensive win and how the team were building towards the Playoffs post-game.
Next Up: Bristol Flyers at DBL Sharks Sheffield, Friday 14th April, 7.30pm Tip Off, EIS Sheffield.
Image: Sharks Team Photographers