Basketball: Sharks have the appetite

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Sheffield Sharks' double-win weekend extended the champions' unbeaten start to five games and opened a clear lead over their BBL rivals, as they overwhelmed Birmingham Bullets 107-74 on Saturday and ended Scottish Rocks' unbeaten start with an 89-75 win in Glasgow last night.

The Sharks, under their new coach, Peter Scantlebury, are the only unbeaten BBL team after Brighton Bears and Chester Jets also lost their unbeaten records. The Jets lost 90-79 at Thames Valley Tigers last night, while the Bears became London Towers' first victims this season with a 91-86 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Omar Sneed made an immediate impact on his British Basketball League debut, scoring 31 points to lead Towers to their first win. The 6ft 6in Sneed was supported by 20 points from the playmaker Rod Brown and 16 from Robert Youngblood.

The Sharks made short work of Bullets, who have yet to win. Birmingham, who lost 102-93 at Newcastle Eagles on Friday night, were demolished in the first quarter as Sharks raced to a 35-15 lead.

In Glasgow, Sheffield outscored the Rocks 16-4 at the start of the second half to lead 60-47.