One Health Sharks Sheffield 69 (18,42,49) (Daye 16, Bridge 15, Tuck 14)
Surrey Heat 81 (25,41,65) (Holmes 21, McLemore 17, Cricelli 16)
A fast start from the visiting Heat saw them, with the help of Martelle McLemore, leap out into an early 4-10 lead, but a three-pointer from Andrew Bridge helped the home side get themselves back into the game at 10-14 with four minutes left in the opening period.
This was however the closest that the Sharks would get in the opening term as the Heat rattled off the next seven points to take the score out to 10-21 with a couple of minutes to go.
The Sharks fought back at the end of the quarter and netted eight of the final twelve points to trim the deficit back to seven points at 18-25 as the first quarter ended.
In the second period, a Julius Jopseph (pictured) basket helped the visitors into a six point lead at 25-31 early in the quarter, but a Gage Daye three-pointer sparked the Sharks into life as they enjoyed a 13-2 burst to take the lead at 38-33 with three minutes remaining in the half.
Another basket from Daye saw the Sharks keep their lead at five points with the score at 42-37, but four points from Sam Cricelli for the Heat saw the half end with the sides separated by just a single point with the home side on top 42-41 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, the game was tied-up early in the third period at 43-43, but the Heat broke the game open as a Peter Simek basket sparked the visitors into an impressive 18-0 run to take the score out to 43-61 with just under three minutes remaining in the third period.
The home side tried desperately to get themselves back into the contest before the end of the quarter, but could only close the gap by a couple of points to 16 points at 49-65 heading into the final stanza.
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