Former Sheffield Sharks star and now Newcastle Eagles captain Andrew Bridge says his old club have suffered with the recent absences of Justin Dobbins and Jimmy Langhurst.
Dobbins has been sidelined with a back injury while visa and registration issues have kept point-guard Langhurst from continuing the excellent form he showed before Christmas.
Sheffield travel to Newcastle tomorrow night hoping to beat the north-east powerhouse for the first time this season.
Bridge, who led his team to BBL Cup final victory on Sunday over Plymouth Raiders - his 15th winners medal with the club, said: “We’ve played them a couple of times and won both games, but I thought they’d turned the corner before Christmas and were playing pretty well.
“But the injury to [Justin] Dobbins and being without Jimmy Langhurst has hurt them. Losing Langhurst means that Nate [Reinking] has to handle the ball more, and although he’s a great point guard, his better position is probably at the two-spot.”
The 80-78 defeat last week against Guildford Heat at the EIS was their second in three matches and was the worst possible way of entering a run of six games that will see them play Newcastle three times and title contenders Worcester Wolves, Plymouth Raiders and Leicester Riders.
Sharks have also announced that Director of Basketball Tim Lewis has left the club. Lewis will be part of the Great Britain coaching staff at the Olympic Games in London this summer.