Sharks’ Mersey mission

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It should be another double-header weekend for the Sheffield One Health Sharks but Friday’s match at Mersey Tigers has been postponed.

The Merseyside-based club has had recent problems with securing venues for home matches and Sharks are the latest to have their travel plans altered.

Provisionally the fixture will be fulfilled on Sunday, April 10 at Manchester’s Amaechi Centre. It will mean that Sharks play Mersey twice within a weekend and three times in the space of just 11 days.

It leaves Sharks with just a trip to Southend to take on BBL basement club Essex Pirates on Saturday night. Another win would keep up their title charge after two victories last weekend.

On Friday it was a fairly comfortable 76-64 triumph over Leicester Riders followed by a 93-92 overtime win at Guildford Heat.

Hero of the hour in Surrey was captain Adrian Anderson, who scored the crucial free throw with 45 seconds of the extra period left. It was reward for Anderson after an injury plagued season for the veteran.

He said: “My attitude is to do whatever I can for the team. If Atiba needs me for 45 seconds or five minutes I’ll be ready to do what it takes. I have always been there this year motivating the guys but it has been frustrating not being able to play.

“It was strange because I didn’t feel nervous before I took the free throws. I’d only been on court less than a minute and they’d left me wide open. Ryan Patton found me and I thought I’d score but they hacked at me before I could put it in.”

Patton said Sharks aren’t taking anything for granted against Essex: “They’re a really well organised and well coached team who play hard every time.

“It’s a long trip down there, so we have to be focused, and be ready to stick to the game-plan. We’re on a good run, and we want to keep that win streak going.

“I normally match up against Taner [Adu], but we interchange against them, and it’s important for us to play tough defence.”