DBL Sharks Sheffield move up to fifth in the BBL Championship after holding on to beat Surrey Scorchers.
Surrey Scorchers 80 (26,46,64) (Neighbour 23, Rollins 15, Taylor 15)
DBL Sharks Sheffield 83 (24,48,67) (Rembert 21, Tuck 18, Wroblicky 13)
DBL Sharks Sheffield edged Surrey Scorchers 83-80 on the road, with Tony Wroblicky scoring some crucial baskets in the final minute to settle a tight game. The win sees Sharks move up to fifth in the BBL Championship, as they recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, and remain unbeaten in Surrey in the last four years with five straight wins.
Rashawn Rembert led their scoring with 21 points, with Mike Tuck adding 18, and Wroblicky posting a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams were close all the way through this game, despite Rembert scoring his team’s first ten points as the visitors led 10-5 early on. Will Neighbour’s three-pointer tied the teams at 10 – he led all scorers on the night with 23 points – and Surrey edged in front on Tayo Ogedengbe’s basket, leading after ten minutes.
Scorchers extended their lead, until Rembert hit consecutive triples, and Sharks were back in front when he connected from long-range once more to make it 43-41 inside the final two minutes of the half. Sharks led at half time, with Rembert already on 19 points as the team was shooting 53% from beyond the arc.
Sharks carried a 67-64 lead into the decisive fourth quarter as George Brownell made 3/3 at the free-throw line to end the third period. And they maintained their edge as the teams traded blows in the fourth, until Scorchers hit five in a row, taking the lead on Ogedengbe’s triple at 74-73.
Sheffield got the lead back when Cardell McFarland hit a three-pointer, at 79-78 approaching the final minute. And, despite going behind again, Wroblicky made a jump-shot with 38 seconds to play to put Sharks up 81-80. Quincy Taylor missed with 11 seconds to play, before Wroblicky held his nerve to make 2/2 at the line and force Scorchers to require a three-pointer to force overtime. That responsibility fell to Ogedengbe, but he missed under pressure as Sharks held on.
Words: BBL Official
Image: Sharks Team Photographers