Sheffield Sharks season ends in narrow play-off defeat Yorkshire News

Kipper Nichols of the Sheffield Sharks. Bruce Rollinson frame

The Sharks exited the BBL play-offs in the quarter-finals by just two points after drawing the second leg with rivals Newcastle Eagles.

The Eagles’ slim two-point lead in Tuesday night’s 79-77 first leg win was enough to move into the last four.

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The Sharks had built a 13-point lead at one point at neutral Worcester headquarters, but the Eagles rallied in the third quarter and regained the lead.

In a dramatic conclusion in which aggregate advantage changed hands multiple times, Jeremy Hemsley put the Sharks in front on the night and tied for aggregate with a jump shot with just 8.2 seconds left.

But Rhamon Fletcher hit a double with 0.7 seconds leaving the Sharks without enough time on the clock to get the ball onto the court.

Head coach Atiba Lyons said: “They are a great group of guys. I’m proud of them and they did a great job. “

Kipper Nichols led the scoring with a BBL career-high 20 points. Hemsley added 15, while Jordan Ratinho and Antwon Lillard added 12 points each.

There was a similar disappointment for Worcester Wolves in last night’s other quarter-final second leg.

The Wolves, coached by former Leeds Force Chief Matt Newby, who led them to success in the BBL Cup last season, entered the second leg with the Plymouth Raiders losing just two points.

But the Raiders ran out of comfortable 96-81 winners on the night.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-06 21:14:26