Basketball: Season over but Lyons proud of Sharks finish

Sharks Demetrius Jemison scores past Eagles Charles Smith. Pic: Dean Atkins.
Sharks Demetrius Jemison scores past Eagles Charles Smith. Pic: Dean Atkins.

Sheffield Sharks refused to be too downbeat after their season ended on Monday night with defeat in the BBL play-offs against Newcastle Eagles.

Over two legs the Sharks went down 169-151 but the main damage was done in the first tie in the north-east last Friday when Sheffield turned in a nightmare second quarter performance, which led to an 85-70 defeat.

Fighting back from a 15-point deficit was always going to be tough but in front of a full house at the English Institute of Sport Atiba Lyons’ team pulled within just four points before an Eagles 13-0 run effectively ended Sharks’ hopes.

Lyons had a tricky first half to the season but once he brought in point-guard BJ Holmes and forward Demetrius Jemison the club’s season turned around and they were winners of the BBL Trophy last month.

Lyons said after the Eagles game: “I told them I appreciated their hard work and the trust they put in me.

“When you’re losing it’s hard to stick to the system sometimes. Guys tend to lose their way but we stuck to it and the second half of the season it showed it worked.

“The hole we dug for ourselves in that first game was tough. We didn’t have that type of effort that we did tonight in the first game.”

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