Tuck can’t wait to see ‘mix-match’ Tigers again

On the ball: Mike Tuck has been in good form since switching positions to centre.    Picture: Steve ellis
On the ball: Mike Tuck has been in good form since switching positions to centre. Picture: Steve ellis

SHEFFIELD Sharks centre Mike Tuck is looking forward to meeting the Mersey Tigers tomorrow night at the EIS (7.30pm).

The Canadian has been in excellent form since taking over the position under the basket after Justin Dobbins left the club last month.

However, despite a strong personal performance on Merseyside last Friday, Tuck was part of the Sharks team that lost 79-71 to the Tigers.

He said: “It will be good to see them so soon. There is a sense of revenge but we just want to get the win.

“All the games at this stage of the season are huge. There’s no time to have an off night against any team.”

The Tigers began the season in turmoil after winning three of the four trophies on offer the year before.

Sharks made light work of them during the BBL Trophy group stages but since then the experienced Tony Garbelotto has brought together a talented young team that is making a push for a play-off berth.

Tuck said: “You have to give credit to Tony G for what he’s done. He’s got a real mix-match of a team with guys from all around the league and they’re playing really hard.”

Tuck has been revelling in his role since switching from the power forward position to centre. And with player-coach Atiba Lyons still unavailable for action and Nate Reinking out with a knee injury he says the Sharks six man rotation is having to play-smart to keep on the court.

“I used to play the 5 (centre) a lot in college so I enjoy it in there. We’re a bit shorthanded now we’re down to six guys but the main thing there is making sure we don’t get into foul trouble early in the match,” he said.

“We’re at the stage of the season now where you can really trust the guys.

“I know exactly what Olu (Babalola) will be doing and I’ve been really pleased with how Zach (Gachette) and Colin (Sing) have stepped up.”