Worksop basketballers smash Sheffield Police

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Worksop Basketball Club equalled their second highest ever winning margin, cruising to a 73-26 victory over Sheffield Police on Friday night.

The 47-point margin was five short of the record 76-24 scoreline against the Ossett Blues way back in 2008.

The Police opened the scoring from the free-throw line to take their only lead of the night in the first minute.

Andrew Fagan got Worksop off the mark with a strong inside score moments later.

Worksop could then only muster five points in the first five minutes for a 5-2 lead but they finally settled into some rhythm and from then on it was one-way traffic.

Six Worksop players were on the scoresheet in the first period, with Steve Lawes leading the way with eight points for a 19-6 lead.

Mateusz Rabczenko completed a three-point play to open the scoring in the second and followed it up with three more points later in the period to help Worksop to a 31-10 half-time lead.

Seven players added to Worksop’s tally in the third with Lib Gwitira coming to the fore with seven points to take the score to 55-20 at the final break.

Six quick points from Lawes stretched the lead further early in the fourth before Joe Robinson and Rabczenko hit three pointers as Worksop cruised home.

Rabczenko finished with a personal best 15 points as Worksop achieved the rare feat of having four players in double figures.

Worksop scorers: Rabczenko 15, Lawes 14, Hall 11, Gwitira 10, Robinson 7, Shelton 6, Vutabwarova 4, Fagan 2, Penrose 2, Poirot 2.

Next up are promotion chasing Storm 2.

Worksop will play them twice in the coming month with the results of these two games set to have a huge impact on the outcome of the division, Storm needing to win both to keep their title hopes alive.

Two Worksop wins could see them pinch runners-up spot.