Title out of Sharks hands

The Sharks are in for a wild ride this month with no less than nine matches in 27 days.

A win and a loss last weekend also leaves them hoping the other contenders for the BBL Championship begin to slip up.

Sheffield player-coach Atiba Lyons admits that the title is now out of his team’s hands: “We’re not in the driver’s seat but we will do the best we can. We want to get a top four spot.”

“If it comes down to us (Cheshire) Jets and (Newcastle) Eagles they have the head to head. We play (Mersey) Tigers three more times so we can influence them. And we have the (Glasgow) Rocks twice as well.”

Last Friday Sharks handed the fourth placed Rocks a defeat but on Sunday they couldn’t follow that up as they lost 68-66 at the Jets.

It left the One Health sponsored-Sharks effectively needing the Eagles to lose three more times in their final 13 matches.

While Sheffield were impressive to beat Rocks with a strong final quarter effort, for the second week running they weren’t able to produce the same energy later in the weekend:

Lyons said: “The Jets always play us tough; they’re a good home team. They played us well and they match up well against us. We didn’t do ourselves any favours. Defensively did a good job but let ourselves down offensively.”

With an in-form Leicester Riders visiting the EIS tomorrow (Friday) Sharks point guard Ryan Patton knows the importance of a win for his team:

“We know all about Riders, they’re well coached and have a couple of good guards in [JR] Blount and [Ryan] Zamroz, and they’re another good team who’ve started to play well together.

“We need to come out and play, because we have to take care of our home court.”

Sunday sees the Sharks travelling to MK Lions with the Riders in Sheffield again a week on Friday.