Basketball: Warren halts Sharks' run

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Brighton Bears came back from 14 points down to beat Sheffield Sharks 93-85 on Saturday, ending the unbeaten home record of the BBL Champions.

The American centre Kendrick Warren led the scorers with 25 points as the Bears won away for the first time at the Sharks since December 1995 and halted their run of 24 games without defeat at Ponds Forge.

Sheffield took a 70-56 lead into the final quarter but scored only two points in the next five minutes as they grew ill-disciplined at the Bears' aggressive defence. Sheffield's leading scorer, Justin Phoenix (24 points), fouled out and free throws from Randy Duck gave the Bears a four-point lead.

The Sharks rallied with a three-point play from Rob Yanders but were forced to foul to try and regain possession, and the visitors made the game safe from the free-throw line.