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Report: Sheffield Sharks 92-61 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers’ play-off hopes take another blow after fifth straight defeat.

Sheffield Sharks used a dominant second half spell to overpower Bristol Flyers 92-61, securing the head-to-head between the teams and ensuring that their opponents cannot finish above them in the BBL Championship. Sharks have now won six in a row, hitting form at the right time with their two biggest wins of the season coming in the last three games.

Sharks were in control for much of the game, after an early 12-4 run in which BJ Holmes and John Barber hit three-pointers, and the lead reached 22-12 as Mike Tuck added another. Sharks hit another seven in a row before half time, five for Holmes, to see the first half lead peak at 32-17.

After Flyers had a run of their own, hitting nine in a row, Mike Cook’s three-pointer on the halftime buzzer restored Sheffield’s double-digit lead at 44-34, and Cook led all scorers on the night with 19 points.

Bristol enjoyed their best spell of the game as they raced out of the break with a 10-0 burst, including consecutive three-pointers from Roy Owen, to get back to 46-44. Sharks called a timeout, from which Cook emerged to hit four points in a row, their first baskets in two and a half minutes, to spark nine unanswered as Holmes added another triple, and that would prove decisive as an irrepressible run followed.

Cook hit nine in a push that became 34-5 over a dominant ten minute spell across the third quarter break as the visitors didn’t score for more than six minutes, before the lead peaked at 83-51 on Barber’s trey.

Sharks will now have their eyes on fifth place, but Flyers will be looking over their shoulder as they hang on to the final Play-Off spot, having lost five in a row and the last three by double-figures.

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