The Sheffield Sharks came from behind against Glasgow Rocks to claim an important victory on Wednesday night in a push for the play off places.
The Sharks won the game 65 – 63 after Chris Alexandra was fouled with three minutes left of play to steal the win and move up to fourth in front of the home crowd at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Despite winning the game The Sharks had a slow start as they trailed 13 -21 at the end of the first quarter.
The Rocks extended their lead by 10 points early in the second quarter, until an inspired Chris Alexandra netted to reduce the deficit to 31- 34 at the end of the second quarter.
The Sharks briefly went up 41 – 40 in the third quarter but this was cancelled out by the Rock’s GB play-maker Murray. The period ended 47 – 51 with baskets coming from Mike Tuck for The Sharks and Bo Ziegler for The Rocks.
With four minutes of play remaining, The Rocks had a five-point lead and a Mathew Martin basket edged the Sharks ahead 63- 62 only for Ziegler to level from the line with less than a minute left.
In the last 20 seconds the Sharks got the ball through an end line call and played out through the back court. Chris Alexandra converted two free throws to give the Sharks a vital win and extend their unbeaten run to three games.
Alexandra was awarded MVP of the game and made history as he became the best free thrower in BBL history with 250 free throws. He said: “It was a tight game which was back and forth and whoever had the ball had the best chance to win.”
He added: “They won six in a row and you have to give credit to them, but we go the win”
When asked about becoming the greatest thrower in BBL history he said: “That’s crazy and unbelievable but it’s down to my team mates.”
Scorer Mike Tuck also said: “Seven or Eight games left and were looking forward to the playoffs. We’re taking it a game at a time, it’s an extremely tight race so we have to make sure we clinch playoffs before getting ahead of ourselves.”
The Sharks face playoff rivals Plymouth Raiders on Friday at EIS Sheffield with a six-point gap separating the teams