Basketball: Babalola calls on teammates to show ‘maturity’ for all the match


The Sharks enter this weekend’s round of British Basketball League matches top of the table but still smarting from their first defeat of the season last Saturday.

Atiba Lyons’ team had stretched their winning run to three on Friday with a 75-69 victory over Plymouth Raiders at the EIS.

But they followed it up just 24 hours later with a heavy 60-40 loss at treble-winners Leicester Riders.

While defensively the Sharks were once again sound they were unable to get their offence functioning and couldn’t maintain their slender half time advantage through the third and fourth quarters.

On Saturday, as they await the arrival of point guard BJ Holmes from America, the Sharks travel to BBL new boys Birmingham Knights.

Small forward Olu Babalola says he and his team will be focusing on an improved showing at the offensive end of the court: “We just worry about doing what it is that we need to do and feel if we do so, regardless of who we play, we have a good chance of winning.

“We need to obviously score the ball more than the last game.

“We played well defensively but we need to show maturity and play smart for the whole game.”