Is there a way of replicating this behavior in SQL o
Your question about what "behavior" you want to replicate is confusing but yes you can implement paging in SQL.
1. Create your SQL with appropriate search parameters. You should still use parametrized values.
...a. If you have just a couple of items you can hard code the SQL.
...b. With more than a couple items create the SQL dynamically.
2. Apply appropriate ordering to the SQL. This can include creating it dynamically.
3. Apply paging (dynamic SQL again) See the following link
At the business level you might also want to consider what happens to paging if the data being paged changes underneath. Very common answers are
1. It won't, so there is no problem.
2. It won't in relation to the user because the work flow and usage insures that.
Be VERY sure that you analyze this at the business level before deciding that this could be a problem.
Also you should require sufficient search constraints to insure that no single result has lot of pages. Three pages is ok, 100 isn't. If someone claims otherwise then note that users do not randomly seek data. They know what they are looking for. So make them tell you it. Paging is a convenience so they don't have to tell you everything in detail but ignoring it can inhibit rather than help workflow.