Basketball: Victorious Sharks await 'big man'

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The new "big man" is on his way - but Sheffield Sharks did not need him last night as they overwhelmed London Towers 22-8 in the fourth quarter for an 81-67 British Basketball League win at Ponds Forge.

Sharks signed the centre their fans have been craving in the shape of 6ft 10in Oliver Morton, a former McDonald's All-American High School player. Morton will bring height and power, but Sharks did the damage from long range last night with four three-pointers in the final quarter. Sharks opened the fourth 13-0, with Nate Reinking adding two more three-pointers.

The win kept Sheffield in touch with Brighton Bears and Chester Jets. Brighton won 94-84 at Thames Valley Tigers on Saturday, and Chester beat Leicester Riders 98-79.

On Saturday Towers survived a late Plymouth Raiders fightback at Crystal Palace to win 85-78 . Former England international Kojo Mensah-Bonsu, signed from a Swiss club on Friday, hit 10 points on his debut.

In the English Basketball League Manchester Magic lost 77-72 at home to London United, for whom Damian Reid top-scored with 22 points.