There wasn't quite
the heroics of MEN Arena in 2000 but it wasn't far off.
level with 1:57 minutes left, fed Juston Phoenix to put themselves up 79-77
over sole remaining rivals Brighton.
No-one could add
a further score as the Bears were vanquished and Sheffield lifted the regular
season crown for the first time in three seasons with victory at Ponds
Sharks’ Head Coach
Chris Finch enthused, “This is the sweetest of all my successes at Sheffield.
proud of my guys,
because they have taken their knocks this season, but they have always
back. They have
showed a lot of heart and character.”
The win came in dramatic
fashion, with the score tied at 77-77 with 2.45 to go in the game. Earlier
Sharks had led by
as many as ten points at 73-63, but Brighton battled back.
Phoenix, who finished
as the game’s top scorer with 20 points, did his bit but the drama was
far from over. Sheffield had two further attempts to score, but missed
and then turned the ball over after getting the offensive rebound.
With the ball in
Bears’ hands in the dying seconds, it was left to Lynard Stewart with a
block to ensure
Sharks took the spoils.
The result means
that even if Brighton finish the season with the same win-loss record as
win their last two games and Sharks lose theirs], Sharks would not be caught
virtue the head-to-head
record between the clubs. Today’s win was Sharks’ third success in four
meetings with Bears
The brand new BBL
Championship trophy was presented to Sharks by the Minister for Sport,
It is the fourth
Championship title for the Sharks in the last nine seasons [one of those
a Northern Conference
title in 2001] and the third in Chris Finch’s tenure as Head Coach. Overall,
it was the sixth
piece of silverware won by Finch and the eighth in the club’s history.