Basketball: Peakes hits heights as Worcester top Sheffield
Monday 22 January 2007
Just 24 hours after beating the British Basketball League leaders Guildford Heat to share top place in the table, Sheffield Sharks crashed to a 70-65 defeat at Worcester Wolves on Saturday night to hand the championship initiative back to the Surrey franchise.
Sheffield drew level with Guildford by beating them 71-62 on Friday and seemed poised to take top spot when they led 65-63 at Worcester. But a Tom Perkes three-pointer sparked a 7-0 run as Wolves secured only their third BBL win this season.
Wolves have struggled since stepping up to the BBL this season, but they took an early 17-6 lead against Sheffield, who trailed by one at the half and by 56-53 after three quarters. Eddie Cage, 22 points, and Blake Shelton, 16, edged the Sharks 65-63 ahead before Perkes' three-pointer.
Despite their defeat on Friday, Guildford hold the edge having played three games fewer than Sheffield, whose second place is under threat from Plymouth Raiders and Newcastle Eagles, 89-68 winners over London United on Friday.
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