Frustrating finish to an otherwise good performance from Sharks II

After the break for the 1st round of the cup competition, it was back to the league this week and we went on the road the short distance to Crows.

Despite pulling up short against 1st division Eltham Eagles last week, the team all put in a good shift throughout and looked to keep this going tonight.

Starting the game in fine form we combined three 3 pointers and a further 12 points from our new inside partnership of Shilo and Mindi to go 10-21 up into the 2nd. This prompted Crows to step up the pressure defensively from early on. Coming back into the game a little but not able to stop our attack, the half time score was 34-40 in our favour.

With the benefit of a few minutes rest we went into the 3rd aiming to kick on and extend our lead. However with that achieved and a 14 point advantage to take into the last quarter, we were all still determined to keep on with more of the same.

Although in a quarter we would all be quite happy to forget, this is where Crows found their stride and we certainly lost a step or two from ours. Midway through the quarter the Crows had combined with their own inside outside threat to claw right back into the game 61-63 with only 2 points in reply from the Sharks.

Managing to stop the flow a little, Sharks went up 64-70 with 2 minutes left. But Crows were not done yet and having got so close they were determined to overtake. 1 minute left and 70-70 Sharks scored and should have gone to the line but were given the ball on the end line instead. Crows regained possession and were able to level it up again 72-72 (or so we thought). With 6 seconds left and our ball from the sideline in the front court, a referee’s time-out ruled out our earlier basket to make it 72-70 to Crows.

Despite getting two attempts to send the game to overtime, ultimately we fell short and were left somewhat astounded as to how we could have let such a good lead be wiped out. Certainly not a quarter that was reflective of the whole game, but one not to repeat if we are going to challenge for the league.

Final Score: 72 - 70

Sharks Scorers: Yogev 19, Sabunas 15, Plail 13, Stopford 10, Grimes 9, Marsh 4.

Next up: Maidstone II at home ​

November 6th, 2014 by Alex Stopford