Sheffield Sharks became the first team this season to inflict two defeats on the London Lions after defeating Surrey Scorchers on Friday night.

The Sharks beat the Scorchers 75-70 on Friday night before seeing off the champions elect 82-80 yesterday afternoon.

South Yorkshire’s premiere basketball team’s success against the Lions is their 13th of the season, with a team high 22 points for point guard Devearl Ramsey.

The team entered the fourth quarter 11 points behind the Lions, but were inspired by uncharacteristically excellent three point shooting and aggressive defence. They were led through the comeback by their captain, Rodney Glasgow Jr. He recorded 10 points in the final quarter as the Sharks secured a win against the nation’s best side.

Saeed Nelson, who plays point guard for the Sharks, expressed his desire for the team to keep their streak intact going forwards.

He said: “It means a lot, we have to start climbing up this ladder. We’ve been talking about that as a team and we just have to keep chipping away.

“We’ve shown great attitude in the last few weeks but we have to build on it.”

Sunday’s game was an extremely physical encounter, with the Sharks feeling hard done by for the lack of foul calls throughout the game. Marcus Delpche, who plays centre for the Sharks, recorded his 1000th rebound for the team in Sunday’s fixture. He spoke about the physical nature of the fixture.

He said: “Mentality wise you have to think about the bigger picture. You aren’t going to get all the foul calls you want and things aren’t going to go your way. You just have to focus on being successful.”

Their centre was a difficult match-up for me but I was able to get the job done. We just have to keep winning”

Sheffield Sharks next game is against the Leicester Riders on March 24 at Ponds Forge.