A less than ideal opening weekend of 2016 went from bad to worse on Sunday afternoon as the Sheffield Sharks cruised past Surrey Scorchers in a very convincing 107-55 win at the English Institute of Sport.
For the second time in the weekend Scorchers fell considerably short of their opponents, largely thanks to Sharks posting a 61% field goal success rate compared to Scorchers’ 30%.
Tayo Ogedengbe opened proceedings with a defensive rebound which he finished at the opposite end of the court, as Surrey showed signs of a lively start. A 14-2 run for Sharks followed though, as they built a 17 point lead at the first break.
A dry spell of baskets for Scorchers continued intro Q2, with a string of errors across the court handing Sharks a number of opportunities to extend an already unassailable lead. Tayo dropped a turnover 3 torwards the half time buzzer but it wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts taking a 32 point advantage into the changing rooms.
Another 10 point quarter followed for the visitors in the 3rd as the lead became unassailable. Sheffield’s Jerrold Brooks posted 8 points in a 20-2 run towards the end of the game and, despite Nick Schlitzer finishing the game with two late triples, it was another defeat for Scorchers who will be keen to forget a disappointing weekend of BBL Championship action.
Schlitzer joined Andreas Schreiber on a team high 11pts.
Scorchers return to action this Friday evening with a tough trip to table toppers the Newcastle Eagles (7.30pm tip-off) before a local derby at NBL1 outfit Reading Rockets in the BBL Trophy next Wednesday (13th Jan, 8pm).
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— BBL (@BBLofficial) January 4, 2016