Basketball: Horstmann calls for Sharks to focus

Sheffield Sharks' Patrick Horstmann in action against Glasgow Rocks. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Patrick Horstmann in action against Glasgow Rocks. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann says his team can afford no lapses in concentration if they are to beat London Lions in the capital on Friday night in the BBL Trophy quarter-final.

The two clubs played out a thriller last Sunday as Lions prevailed 83-80 after overtime at the EIS.

The reverse was Sharks’ third defeat in a row, but Atiba Lyons’ men are aware of where they need to improve in order to advance.

“This last game showed us that we have to be focused for the entire game and can’t have any let ups,” said Horstmann.

“London have some very talented players and we have to do our best in making their life as hard as possible.”

A semi-final against Leicester Riders lies in wait for the winner and Horstmann hopes another good run in this competition can go some way to making up for a league campaign that has flattered to deceive.

“We are always eager to advance as far as possible and this year will definitely be no different, especially since we haven’t done as well as we would’ve liked in the league thus far,” he said.

He was part of the side that just missed out on a place in last year’s final whereas Lions did not make it this far.

But having shown great spirit to recover from an overtime defeat to Leeds Force on Friday before beating Sheffield without floor general Rod Brown, Vince Macaulay’s men will not be short of confidence going into this one.

Sharks beat London 81-61 in the BBL Championship on December 28 last year when the teams met at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park.

Sharks beat London 81-61 in the league on December 28 when the teams last met at the Copper Box.

Lions coach Vince Macaulay: “Sheffield are evenly balanced and come at you in a number of different ways, but from our perspective we have to just maintain and trust in our defence as we have done all season.

“We can beat anyone and we can lose to anyone and it all comes down to that little bit above our shoulders. If we come with the right mind set I am very comfortable with what we can achieve.”