Sharks suffer Cup KO shock

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Sheffield Sharks are hoping to end a run of three defeats when they visit Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.

Their agonising loss last Friday against Plymouth Raiders at the EIS on a buzzer-beater from former player Paul Williams ended their two year BBL Cup reign and left them desperate to re-discover the form that led them to five straight wins at the start of the season.

Captain Adrian Anderson said it was disappointing to go out of the Cup so early: “It’s a shame we’re no longer in a position to retain the Cup but I remain confident we can bounce back.

“We had the opportunity to beat Plymouth, and we could have won at Newcastle. It’s just a case of learning from the losses, doing the little things and playing with a killer instinct. We need to limit teams to one shot, and play tough defence, if we do that we’ll start to win games again.

“We had a target on our back as Cup holders, and everyone wants to beat the Sharks. There’s some bruised pride here at the moment and Atiba (Lyons - Sharks’ coach) doesn’t like losing. We need some intense practice and to learn from our mistakes or we won’t move forward.”

Sterling Davis, the Rocks’ player-coach expects a tough game against the Sharks – one of his former clubs: “They have got a wealth of experience on the team which is a priceless attribute. I think Nate (Reinking) will be key for us. He is a tough match-up for anyone right now.”