Seven-up run boosts Sharks title hopes

Sheffield Sharks Ryan Patton powers forward vs Glasgow Rocks in the first leg semi final play off at the English Institute Of Sport

Sheffield Sharks Ryan Patton powers forward vs Glasgow Rocks in the first leg semi final play off at the English Institute Of Sport

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While comedy may be all about timing the Sharks could be having the last laugh in the BBL Championship after a seven-match winning run.

Last night’s game at Mersey Tigers will have gone a long way to deciding whether Sheffield are to play their final five matches of the season with one eye on the title.

The way they’ve battled back into contention says a lot about the character of Atiba Lyons team.

Occasionally they have let themselves down with sloppy losses at home against Guildford Heat and away at Worcester Wolves. But they can be relied on to make things interesting.

And that’s what they’ve done as they chase down frontrunners Mersey and Newcastle Eagles.

Three games against the Tigers will provide its own answer to whether they can leapfrog the Liverpool club.

Newcastle will be tougher to catch, but the Eagles’ talisman Trey Moore has an injured foot and may not return this season.

Last Sunday the One Health sponsored-Sharks destroyed Glasgow Rocks 91-61 in Scotland.

Point-guard Ryan Patton, pictured above, set the tone by making his first two three-point shots on his way to 29 points. It was an excellent display by the American, who has struggled with a virus since the turn of the year.

But with a tough stretch of six games in 10 days to come it is Patton who is leading the charge:

“It’s not unreasonable to win all the games. That’s what we’re here for.Hey, let’s play some basketball. Staying healthy is important. We have to take it game by game and make sure don’t look past Wednesday.”

After Mersey last night in Liverpool the Sharks return to the EIS tomorrow to take on lowly Worthing Thunder.

A potential banana skin awaits on Sunday at MK Lions before a back-to-back midweek at Mersey on Tuesday, April 5 and at home against Glasgow a day later.

Sharks will finish the season at home on Friday, April 8 against Mersey Tigers in what could be a title deciding match.