Basketball: Horstmann demands Sharks focus on place in Trophy last eight

Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann
Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann

The Sharks take a step into the unknown on Sunday when they begin their defence of the BBL Trophy.

National League club Reading Rockets will host Sheffield, who beat Leicester Riders in the final last March, with a place in the competition’s last eight at stake.

There are three National League clubs - Reading, Leeds Carnegie and Bristol Flyers - joining the 13 British Basketball League sides in the first round. Last Friday the Sharks beat Surrey United at the EIS in the BBL Championship.

However, the 84-64 victory wasn’t achieved without Sharks needing to improve after a sloppy first quarter.

Forward Patrick Horstmann said: “It’s always easy to get up for the big games like Leicester (Riders) last week or London (Lions) the week before but we’re professionals so we need to be ready to play every game regardless of who we play or where we play or when we play.

“It’s up to us to have a good start and not have a first quarter like that. It’s a big focus.

“We have to get ready this week and prepare regardless of whether we’re supposed to win the game by 15 or 20, we have to be sharp and ready to go.

“We have to take a lesson from Surrey and not make the same mistakes as we did.”