Sheffield Sharks forward Colin Sing says he’s learned a lot from his match-ups against British Basketball League veteran Charles Smith.
Newcastle Eagles sharp-shooter Smith has enjoyed some impressive performances against the Sharks over the years – none more so than in last Friday’s victory at the English Institute of Sport.
But Sing, aged 25, who took responsibility for marking 39-year-old Smith during stretches of the match said he learns from each encounter.
“He’s a veteran. I knew it was going to be tough because he can shoot and he’s a smart player,” he said.
“As he’s getting older now, and I mean that nicely, he does little things off the ball that you pick up.
“You pick up a lot more off players like that in games than you would in practice.”
Sharks lost the game 95-75 and followed that up with defeat at Bristol Flyers last Saturday.
The club have no games this weekend and return to action against next Friday at home against Worcester.
On Friday, November 28 the Sharks meet Newcastle again in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-finals.
Sing, who is now in his fourth season with Sheffield insists the Sharks can stay close to their rivals.
He said: “They’re not 20 points better than us. We are good team who have been together a long time. We know how each other plays.
Meanwhile Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is determined to use the break between matches to improve his team’s patchy start to the campaign.
Lyons, who in his role oversees the development of all Sharks related squads, was not in the mood to go easy on his men during training.
He said: “We can’t afford to be that weak, it creates a losing mentality which we took into the next game and got the result that we did.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Bristol, but we turned over the ball late in the game and they capitalised”.