It was a disappointing night for the DBL Sharks Sheffield as they were comprehensively beaten by the Glasgow Rocks 84-55 in front of the BBC TV cameras. The Sharks never recovered from a 15-2 start by the Rocks and the game was dead as a contest by the final ten minutes as 42-62 became 55-84 by the game end. Sharks Coach Atiba Lyons vowed that his side wouldn’t perform in that way again and has a televisual trip down to Leicester next weekend to turn around their fortunes.
Earlier in the evening, the Westfield Health Hatters had beaten Nottingham Wildcats by 67-62 in the first of a Sheffield basketball double bill but sadly it wasn’t to be the same for the Sharks. They were sluggish out of the traps and it was the Rocks who soon opened up a 13-2 lead on Neil Watson’s second trey to match Kieron Achara. Eddy Brownell tried to haul the Sharks back in at 7-15 on a three of his own and Zach Gachette made it closer at 12-17 but Borris Matrakov (rebounding off his own shot) and Lewis Thomas (3) ensured the Rocks went in happier by 12-22 after 10 mins.
Little reaction came from the second quarter. GB veteran Kieron Achara ploughed his own impressive furrow taking it out to 16-32 on an ‘and one’ and even Rocks benchers such as Lee Reilly extended the lead out to 19-39 with two minutes to play. Rashawn Rembert drew four points as the half closed but 23-39 was a half that Sterling Davis was mightily pleased with as opposed to his Sheffield Sharks compatriot.
Nine Kieron Achara points opened the third period as the score ramped out to 25-48 within four minutes. Neil Watson and Lee Reilly twisted the knife even further at 28-51 as Wroblicky finally troubled the scorers with six successive points at 34-55. Gachette and Rembert drained threes from the corner but Achara nailed one of his own as the third closed at 42-62.
The game was almost dead as a contest as Matrakov (4) and Achara (2) sent the Rocks up by 44-68. Rashawn Rembert and Malcolm Riley did their best to narrow the deficit at 47-73 but Bunyan, Lescault and Thomas closed the game to a 55-84 win, five Mike Tuck points late on being rendered ineffectual.
It was being generous to even award an MVP for the Sharks given the abject display. However, Tony Wroblicky’s 8 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist probably warranted his inclusion.
The Sharks’ Mike Tuck was apologetic for a lacklustre display in front of the cameras and fulsome in praise of his fellow vet Kieron Achara on a disappointing night for the Sharks.
DBL Sharks Sheffield at Leicester Riders, Friday 7th April, Leicester Arena, 7.30pm Tip Off.
Image: Sharks Team Photographers