Robinson fires Sharks into last eight of cup

IN THE POINTS: Sheffield Sharks' Jerrold Brooks.
IN THE POINTS: Sheffield Sharks' Jerrold Brooks.
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Sheffield Sharks reached the quarter-finals of the BBL Trophy as they saw off NBL Division 1 opponents, Derby Trailblazers, with an 84-67 road win.

The 2013 winners progressed to a last-eight encounter away at either BBL rivals Plymouth University Raiders or another D1 opponent in Essex Leopards.

Antone Robinson led the way with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 11 rebounds for another double-double.

Derby led by as many as five early on, before the Sharks quickly levelled at 15 and would lead at the end of the first. The game was in the balance midway through the second, but a 10-0 close from Sheffield allowed them some breathing space at the interval.

Atiba Lyons’s side continued to build on their advantage in the third, and established a commanding double-digit lead heading into the fourth, and there was no let up in the final quarter.

Five players in total reached double figures for the visitors as Jerrold Brooks and Mike Tuck both scored 12 points, while Colin Sing and John Barber added 10 points apiece.

Plymouth leapfrogged Leeds Force into the BBL Championship play-off places with a 76-72 win over the Yorkshire club.

The visitors had the chance to tie the game inside the final 10 seconds, but turned the ball over and Daryl Corletto kept his cool to seal the win with a pair of free throws.

Josh Wilcher was at his instrumental best after netting 24 points.

The lead was exchanged several times. After conceding a 10-3 start, Plymouth grew into the game before Leeds responded with an 13-3 run to retake the lead. The advantage peaked at 12 points for the Raiders, but the visitors’ Kwan Waller – who had a game-high 28 points for Leeds – made it a two-point game late on with his fourth triple.