Sharks ready for wounded Tigers

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SHEFFIELD Sharks travel to lowly Mersey Tigers tomorrow night in the league hoping to build on their eventful BBL Trophy victory at Manchester Giants last Thursday.

The Sharks blew the chance to seal the match in regulation time after Mike Tuck missed two free throws with five seconds to play and then Olu Babalola conceded three free throws to allow Giants to tie.

However, in overtime the Sharks finally put Manchester away winning 85-73 to set up a quarter-final tie with Glasgow Rocks next Sunday at the EIS.

Tigers crashed out of the Trophy against National League club Worthing Thunder and Sharks’ forward Andrew Bridge says they’ll be looking for a response.

“Obviously they had a poor result against Worthing on Sunday, but they’ll be looking to bounce back after that,” he said.

“Teams are often dangerous to play when something like that has happened. We were 20 down against them earlier in the season, so we won’t be taking them lightly.

“They’ll make shots at home - teams always do - so we have to give them the utmost respect.”

Bridge was delighted with the win against Giants: “It was good, a little eventful but good! They came out obviously very determined and smarting a bit from the previous game and had a good start.

“We turned it around by half-time which was encouraging, and from thereon we each kept having runs.

“Overtime was probably the best five minute stretch we’ve had all season. We really clamped down on defence, and it was very positive from our point of view.

“It’s nice to win back-to-back, and we’re playing a bit better.”

The game will be the 100th BBL Championship regular season appearance for Sharks’ Mike Tuck.