GAME REPORT: Sheffield Sharks 77 Glasgow Rocks 61

By Craig Anderson

Glasgow Rocks were outscored two to one in the second half as they couldn’t build on the positive performance against Surrey Scorchers last week, going down 77-61 to Sheffield Sharks on the road.

After the great team performance against Surrey despite the loss, Glasgow couldn’t quite build on those positive foundations to claim what they hoped would be a second win of the season against the Sharks, who picked up their first win in five.

The early stages were backwards and forwards as both teams jostled for the lead and after Ronald Delph’s opening jump shot to net two, Jordan Ratinho picked up three at the other end.

Christian Keeling, Delph and David Mpondo helped Rocks in an 8-5 lead, but successful free throws – two each for Bennett Koch and Antwon Lillard swung the score the other way.

They kept the scoring run going, picking up eight straight points and while Delph struck again, an impressive dunk from Lillard made it 15-10.

By the end of the opening quarter, that five-point gap remained in favour of the Sharks, with Lillard having notched up 10 points in a good opening session for them.

The second quarter proved to be much better from Gareth Murray’s side as Keeling and Fraser Malcolm completed successful three point jump shots to edge the lead.

The lead kept going one way and another as time went on and with Keeling (5), Malcolm (4), Brandon (2), Jacdonmi (4) and Jonny Bunyan (3) all finding a way through, Rocks were 32-40 ahead at the end of the first half.

Whatever Sharks coach Atiba Lyons said to his team at the break, it worked as they came back with some intent and wrestled control back.

Despite Delph opening a 10-point lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Sheffield’s Kipper Nichols almost single-handedly put the Sharks back on track with 13 points to his name, turning the momentum in the way of the home team.

Rocks had nothing to answer with, despite Keeling and Delph adding two point efforts, but Nichols took himself to 13 with a three point jump, with Ratinho doing to same as Sharks grabbed the lead back.

By the end of the third, Sharks had 22 points to Glasgow’s 10 and with one more quarter to go, you sensed it was a lead the home side weren’t going to yield.

That was certainly the case as Rocks could only manage 11 points, as Jacdonmi (4), Isa Brandon (2), Keeling (2), Malcolm (1) and a final two from Delph found a way to add to the scoring.

Sharks put up 23 in the final ten minutes to end the game with a pleasing, from their point of view, 77-61 win, leaving Glasgow rock bottom of the standing and a visit from current table toppers, Leicester Riders to come on Sunday.

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