Worksop weather late Storm to pick up a win

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A dominant third quarter took Worksop to a 60-52 victory over Sheffield Storm, in the first of two games that look set to determine who finishes second in SBL Division Four.

James Roberts led the Worksop scoring with an array of jump shots and lay ups, in the team’s best performance of the season.

Andy Fagan was also in double figures thanks to some strong inside scores and excellent free throw shooting.

After some inconsistent performances, Worksop fiput together slick ball movement, dominant rebounding and accurate free-throw shooting.

It was Lib Gwitira who set Worksop on their way with six points in a tight first quarter.

Storm moved quickly into a 9-4 lead, but Roberts and Jarred Center combined to bring Worksop back level.

Again Storm moved five clear, but this time points from Roberts and Gwitira gave Worksop a 15-14 lead.

Storm then went 18-17 up.

Mateusz Rabczenko opened the scoring in the second with a three-pointer as Worksop started a 6-0 run, before Storm hit two threes.

Neither side could break clear in what remained of the half and Storm led 31-30.

The third period was a completely different affair as Worksop blew the game open with an 11-0 burst, including a three from Mateusz Domanski and four points from Fagan.

Worksop’s dominance was broken by a three pointer but a 6-0 run widened the gap, before Storm netted another three to keep the pressure on.

A two from Center and a pair of free-throws from Craig Hemming made it 52-39.

Storm hit back with two scores but Roberts responded with two characteristic drives to restore the 13 point margin.

Scores from Hemming and Fagan maintained the 13 point cushion until a final flurry from Storm, although Worksop always looked in control as time ticked down.

Worksop: Roberts 14, Fagan 13, Gwitira 8, Center 7, Hemming 6, Rabczenko 5, Domanski 3, Shelton 2, Modrzejewski 2, Lawes.

A win for Worksop in the return fixture next week will secure second spot, barring the most unlikely set of results in the division’s remaining games.