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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 January 2004, 15:58 GMT
Cup joy for Sheffield
Sheffield Sharks coach Peter Scantlebury
Scantlebury has won a host of honours in the game
The Sheffield Sharks won basketball's first trophy of the season with a 83-70 win over the Scottish Rocks in the Haribo Cup final.

The Sharks were in control throughout the game, using their experience to good effect.

They held a 46-36 lead at the break and with good contributions from HL Coleman (22 points) and MVP Lynard Stewart (18 points) were just too good.

Jerry Williams had a superb game for the Rocks with a game-high 26 points.

The victory was Sheffield coach Peter Scantlebury's first success as a coach after a distinguished playing career.

The Sharks led 24-14 at the end of the first quarter with their inside game causing the Rocks all sorts of problems. HL Coleman, Lynard Stewart and Justin Phoenix all capitalised.

They began the second quarter with a 11-point run and the Sharks were sitting pretty with a 35-14 advantage and the Rocks were in danger of the game running away from them.

But the Rocks upped their defence and their full-court press forced the Sharks into making errors with Terrence McGee finding his scoring touch while Jerry Williams also stepped up to lead his side.

The Rocks were missing the influence of Niki Arinze who was ruled out of action by a knee injury which will keep him out until next season.

We believed and we won
Sheffield Sharks coach Peter Scantlebury

By the interval, the Sharks led by 10 (46-36) and began the second half in superb style with a Nate Reinking three-pointer and a couple of scores by Coleman to help them build up a 57-44 advantage.

The Sharks continued to work hard, using their athleticism at both ends of the court but they found themselves in foul trouble when Lynard Stewart picked up his fourth foul with just over a minute and a half to go into the quarter.

The introduction of Keith Bunyan into the game early in the fourth quarter for the Rocks helped them with the Scotsman netting two three-pointers to leave them in with a chance.

Although Sheffield struggled with their shooting, they worked hard under the boards to keep possession in the final minutes while the Rocks missed some crucial free throws down the stretch.



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