SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Atiba Lyons expects new signing Demetrius Jemison to have a growing impact on the club this season.
Sharks brought in power forward Jemison in time for their last match against London Lions nine days ago in the capital. And while the American couldn’t prevent Sheffield from blowing a 14 point lead heading into the final quarter he has shown Lyons enough during training this week that he’ll be an important figure during the rest of the season.
Lyons said: “He’s getting his legs now because he was a bit out of shape with not playing many matches this season.
“He’s a solid player and that’s what we’re like this year. We don’t have one stand-out guy, we’re a group of solid players who have to give us something every night.”
Sharks welcome Plymouth Raiders to the EIS tomorrow night (7.30pm) before travelling to Worcester Wolves on Saturday evening.
Lyons is looking for a response from his team after the damaging loss in London. Sharks had been showing an improvement in their form since a poor start to the campaign.
“It (the Lions defeat) did knock us a bit. We let a 14 point lead slip in 10 minutes. We didn’t take care of the ball. When they played a press we didn’t have players who wanted the ball.
“We need leaders and to make good decisions,” he said.
It’s going to be a busy end to 2012 for the Sharks with a double-header this weekend followed by two matches in three days next weekend, including the first leg of their BBL Cup semi-final against form team Leicester Riders.
Between now and their final match of the year - on December 30 at Manchester Giants - the Sharks have 10 games.
Sheffield Hatters had a comfortable 108-53 victory over Leeds Carnegie last Saturday - their third consecutive win to open the season. Helen Naylor was in excellent form with a team high 25 points as Hatters dominated from the start leading 64-17 by half time.
On Saturday Hatters travel to the north-east to take on Team Northumbria.