After tasting victory last week in the BBL Cup, Sheffield Sharks last night failed to register their first victory in the league against an in-form Leicester Riders.
The Riders have now won all five of their matches this season and took a relatively comfortable 96-77 victory at the EIS.
The Sharks – who travel to Glasgow Rocks tomorrow – started the game well but found themselves trailing 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, points from captain Mike Tuck, who was awarded the MVP award, and Antone Robinson getting the hosts off the mark.
As the game progressed, it was the visitors that found themselves in the ascendancy with a strong showing in the second half. By the end of the third the Sharks trailed 67-60.
It was almost a sense of deja vu from the last time Sheffield played in the league, against Cheshire Phoenix, with the away side running rampant in the final quarter to kill the game off and end any hopes of Atiba Lyon’s Sharks getting off the mark in the league.
The Riders went on to score 10 unanswered points to put the game to bed.
Tuck had 16 for Sharks, but they could not compete with Leicester’s depth.
Worcester Wolves remain in touch with the BBL Championship leaders after overpowering Leeds Force 92-65.
Jay Couisnard scored 22 points off 9-of-17 shooting for Paul James’s side as they all but made sure of success before half-time and improved to a 4-1 record.
Leeds’s impressive Rob Marsden scored a game-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds, but could not prevent Force slipping to a third straight defeat ahead of their trip to reigning champions Esh Group Eagles Newcastle tomorrow.