The DBL Sharks Sheffield returned to action after a break of a week to complete a solid win over bottom side Manchester Giants. Aside from a spell at the beginning of the second quarter, the Sharks were rarely troubled and some superlative shooting from Rashawn Rembert saw them move to 11-7 and fourth place in the table.
Sharks: Davis, Tuck, Wroblicky, Gachette, Rembert.
Giants: Creppy, Visockis, Toluwase, Jones, Bell.
The game was opened by a Rashawn Rembert trey, the first of seven he converted successfully on the night. A Creppy three levelled proceedings for Manchester at 7-7 but that was as close as they got for the rest of the evening as the Sharks began a surge to the end of the quarter. Rembert, Davis and Riley fired in further triples and Davis urged the team on with purpose until sitting to give Eddy Brownell an early opportunity on court. Brownell didn’t disappoint and finished a drive into the paint that gave the Sharks a 27-10 advantage after ten minutes play.
The Giants produced an early second quarter rally that saw Atiba Lyons calling for a swift timeout. Treys from Trobo and former Shark Sam Toluwase, followed by a two handed slam from Bell reduced the deficit to 27-18 and a further Jones score completed a 10-0 run. Wroblicky arrested the decline for the Sharks and some solid defensive stops by Thornton as well as eight points saw the lead go out to 39-30. Further threes from Rembert and Davis made it 47-32 and an awkward landing for Jordan Davis was the only worry for the Sharks as the half ended at 50-34.
Rashawn Rembert took full command of the third period. Thirteen points inside the opening four minutes signalled his intent and only Jerelle Okoro with eight points provided any resistance for Manchester with the score at 65-42. Thornton continued a fine display with a thunderous dunk midway through the period and yet another Rembert three and a score from Tuck closed the quarter at 72-51.
The final stanza was slow to move into life but it did so after three minutes as Zach Gachette nailed a dagger corner three that heralded another fine performance from him. The Sharks were able to give good court time to Marko Backovic and George Brownell and shortly after their introduction, Rembert went along the baseline to end his scoring at a fine 27 for the evening at 81-55. Wroblicky left the contest having fouled out but it was of little consequence as Aaron Williams made his first Sharks point from the line. Malcolm Riley finished Sheffield’s scoring for the night with another trey typifying the shooting masterclass as the game concluded at 87-64.
A wobbly beginning to the second period aside, the Sharks were utterly dominant with only the late-introduced Marko Backovic and George Brownell failing to get on the scoresheet. Early impetus from Jordan Davis saw him give a good all-round statline of 12 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. Zach Gachette continued to live up to his role as Mr Consistency with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. There was an impressive display from Kellen Thornton. His solid defensive work helped break the Giants run at the top of the second and he finished with a well-deserved, solid double double of 12 points and 11 boards. The overall MVP went to Rashawn Rembert for an outstanding display of three point shooting. Rembert landed many of his seven triples from tight angles and completed 60% from the field as well as 53% from beyond the arc. His third quarter blitz underlined the Sharks dominance of the contest and set the team up nicely for the visit of in-form Worcester Wolves next Friday.
Sharks forward Kellen Thornton took time to speak of a solid team win and a useful performance from himself on the night.
Next Up: Worcester Wolves at Sheffield Sharks, Friday 3rd February, EIS Sheffield, 7.30pm tip off.
Image: Sharks Team Photographers