Sheffield Sharks: Lyons wary of Phoenix threat

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ATIBA Lyons says Sheffield Sharks will have to get in the zone for tomorrow’s BBL Trophy semi-final first leg tie at Cheshire Phoenix.

The Sharks coach has studied the previous time the two teams met - an 80-79 defeat in Chester in mid-December - and thinks it will be another hard-fought game.

He said: “The last time we played against them they played a lot of zone against us and we struggled a bit.

“We made a run down the stretch but we had an unfortunate call that cost us the game.

“It will be interesting because we know the team they have.

“It’s not a deep team but everyone knows their role and they play well together.

“Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many guys you have. If you can play with six or seven it can work.”

Phoenix coach Matt Lloyd is equally sure that there will be plenty to play for when the second leg is played at the English Institute of Sport on March 1.

He said: “Sharks have picked up some runs of late through grinding out results since BJ Holmes has arrived they have developed some balance with him controlling the team outside and with Mike Tuck inside going about his business as normal playing hard.

“They both bring something different to the table, Tuck with his work ethic and determination to get every rebound and Holmes with his fast pace and great court vision.

“Last time, we scraped a win against them. We were without Chez [Marks] but I don’t see that as the reason we only just won; the game should have been wrapped up early on and we let a lead slip away in the final few moments of the game.”