Basketball: Sharks win at last, but Leeds suffer defeat

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Sheffield Sharks ended their wait for a first win in the BBL Championship this season as they recorded a 90-62 road win at Glasgow Rocks.

TJ Robinson put up impressive numbers with 23 points on 11-of-13 shooting from inside the arc as well as a mammoth 19 rebounds including nine on the offensive end.

Jerrold Brooks dished out six assists to go with his 20-point haul, while Mike Tuck grabbed 12 boards alongside nine points to help his side claim a first win in four league games.

After an even opening period, the Sharks pulled away with a dominant second quarter and never looked back.

Atiba Lyons’ side established a double-digit advantage with a 13-0 run early on in the second as they held the Rocks to just eight points in the period.

The lead continued to grow in the second half as a 13-4 burst from the Sharks took their advantage beyond the 20-point mark towards the end of the third.

There was no way back for the Rocks as they suffered their fourth league defeat of the season. Kieron Achara top scored for the home side with 15 points.

Elsewhere, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle made it eight straight wins in the BBL Championship after beating Leeds Force 78-52, on Sunday.

The Eagles raced into a 12-0 lead and that set the tone for another convincing victory - their second over Leeds this season.

Newcastle were not at their best offensively with their lowest scoring output of the season, but they made up for it on the defensive end - giving up less than 60 points in a game for the first time this campaign.

After falling to a 14-point deficit at the end of the first, Leeds battled to keep in touch over the next two periods but the damage had been done with Newcastle able to wrap up the victory in the final quarter.

Stuart Thomson didn’t miss a shot from inside the arc - going 5-of-5 on his way to 14 points from the bench, while Scott Martin also put up 14 in the win.

Kwan Waller had a game-high 18 for Leeds, but they come away from a tough double-header on the road empty-handed and fall to 2-6 in the league.