Sheffield Sharks: Wildcats aim to Tuck in on Sharks star Mike

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DURHAM Wildcats are targeting Sheffield Sharks big man Mike Tuck ahead of tomorrow night’s match at the EIS.

Canadian Tuck has been in excellent form in recent weeks and his play has impressed the Wildcats in two previous meetings against them this season.

Sharks beat Durham 74-58 at the EIS in October with Tuck scoring 16 points and 88-73 in the north east in early December as Tuck poured in a game-high 27 points.

Wildcats’ guard Keith Page said: “We’ve lost both of our match-ups, and I hope we can finally have a good game against them as it would be big for us to perform well and get the win.

“Because we’re a bit undersized we’ve struggled to control Mike Tuck.

“He really crashes the boards and tips rebounds to himself for a shot.

“If we can keep him off the boards we’ll have a chance, controlling the glass is important.”

Page’s coach, Dave Elderkin, agrees and also points out that Sheffield have significantly improved since the teams last met.

He said: “Mike Tuck was outstanding for them in both games, Williams had good numbers in the first.

“BJ Holmes had just arrived prior to the second game and played well alongside Nick Lewis in the back court, Jemison was suspended, so we haven’t really gone head to head with the current Sharks.”

Holmes was at the forefront of Sharks progression into the BBL Trophy semi-finals with their overtime victory against Glasgow Rocks last Friday night. The American point-guard was rewarded 25-points with a place in the BBL’s team of the week.

However, Durham had two players in the statistics-based line up after their 98-81 win at title-chasing Plymouth Raiders.

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