One Health Sharks moved safely through to the last eight of the BBL Cup with a 90-63 victory over London Lions at the EIS.
Led by 21 points from Mike Tuck, the Sharks dominated at both ends of the court to seal a quarter-final home tie against Durham Wildcats.
The Lions, who had three new signings, Nick Freer, Ben Smith and Kramer Knutson, all in their line-up for the first time this season, countered Sharks 5-0 start with an 8-0 burst.
And they led 11-9 on a Knutson free throw before Sharks ended the first quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 19-13.
MVP Colin Sing had scored the last four points for Sharks to close the opening 10 minutes and he set his team going again in the second as Sheffield seized control with a 16-4 run.
The physicality of London could have caused Sharks a problem but Atiba Lyons’ side were benefiting from familiarity while the visitors struggled to find a rhythm. Sheffield led 40-25 at half time but were quickly forced to call a time-out as Lions began the third quarter with a 7-2 burst.
However, it did the trick as Sharks turned on the style to build a commanding 65-45 advantage heading into the final period.
Leicester Riders defence of the BBL Cup is still alive after a superb fourth quarter helped them beat BBL Championship leaders Worcester Wolves 74-62.
The Riders made their move with a succession of three-point shots to open up a double-digit lead over their visitors and become the first club into this season’s BBL Cup last four.
For Worcester it was their second defeat in two nights after they lost their unbeaten league record at Plymouth University Raiders on Friday.
Leicester Riders and One Health Sharks Sheffield joined British Basketball League (BBL) leaders Worcester Wolves at the top of the league standings, after both sides improved to a 6-1 record following the games on Sunday evening.
Riders struggled in the first half against Durham Wildcats, before eventually overpowering the opponents to take a 75-58 victory, while Sharks edged Cheshire Phoenix 72-66 after a close battle.
Elsewhere, Glasgow Rocks triumphed against Manchester Giants, taking a 100-86 win in a high-scoring game. The win allowed the Glasgow side to improve to a 2-4 mark, while Giants dropped to 1-5.
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