Sheffield Sharks last night advanced to next Sunday’s showpiece BBL Championship play-off final against Leicester Riders at the O2 Arena in London after winning the overall tie against Glasgow Rocks by six points, despite losing on the night 68-73.
Sharks were looking to start strong and it showed in their first quarter display.
Brandon Hogg racked up a total of 10 points on his own, as Rocks struggled to deal with his driving runs to the basket.
TJ Robinson was commanding his own key, picking up numerous defensive rebounds to keep Rocks out for the first five minutes.
However Rocks came back into the quarter strongly and managed to come out of the opening ten minutes with a 14-15 lead.
The second quarter began with good possession for Sharks, however they were unable to turn this into points.
Rocks punished them, with three pointers from Kieron Achara and Adam Hammerschmidt to open up a five point Glasgow lead, cutting Sharks tie lead down to six.
Captain Mike Tuck managed to rally his troops, netting a trio of three pointers to drag his Sharks side back into the tie. But a few lay ups from Rocks saw them close out the first half with a 30-35 lead, however still trailing by six points in the tie.
In a must-win third quarter for Sharks, their season’s key man Jerrold Brooks netted a trio of three pointers to give them the lead for the first time since the opening minutes.
It seemed as if Rocks were going to close out the quarter six points in front, but a buzzer-beating three pointer from MVP Brandon Hogg saw the teams go into the final ten minutes at 52-55.
Sharks entered the final quarter still holding on to their slim eight point series lead, however a quick five points from Rocks saw that cut to just three.
The teams traded two pointers back and forth, until a three pointer from Jonny Bunyan put the Rocks 60-74 in front, seeing the even up the tie With three minutes left to go.
Two huge offensive rebounds for Sharks saw them open up a four point lead, and with just 25 seconds to go, Sharks were leading by four. TJ Robinson then netted a big two point layup to all but confirm the win for Sharks.