Sheffield Sharks will be looking to halt their recent dip in form after losing back-to-back league and cup games to Leicester Riders, when they travel to Tyneside to take on league leader Newcastle Eagles, writes Harry Hamling.
Sharks will be desperate to draw on some of the spirit shown in their agonising 2 point defeat to Leicester Riders this Friday when they take on Eagles, the six time and reigning BBL champions who are in dominant form.
Having already lost 85-78 to the Eagles once this year, Sharks coach Atiba Lyons will be aiming to fix his side’s recent defensive errors which are costing them a lot of points. This was displayed again last Sunday against Leicester, where it was another high scoring attacking game that ended with defeat for the Sharks.
Lyons will be looking once again to top performers TJ Robinson and Jerrold Brooks. Robinson made it into the BBL All Star Five for the third week in a row after his terrific displays in last week’s games, and Brooks picked up another MVP award in the last game against Leicester, for his impressive display of 27 points, three rebounds, 6 assists and one steal. This was Brooks’ fifth 20 point game in just nine appearances so far this campaign and will be a key figure if Sharks hope to win this evening.
Opponents Newcastle Eagles currently sit first in the BBL table, winning all eight of their games this year and racking up an early 16 points to put them four points above Leicester Riders, having played two more games. Eagles come into this match against Sharks off the back of a win in the BBL Cup over Glasgow Rocks in a repeat of last year’s final, and Eagles coach Fabulous Flournoy will be striving to remain undefeated across all competitions with a win at Sport Central this Friday.
A win for Sharks would put them up to eight points and see them climb to joint fourth from seventh where they currently sit. A loss could see them drop all the way down to second bottom, as seven of the 12 teams are currently on six points.
Tip off is on Friday 13 November at 7:30pm at Sport Central in Newcastle.