No derby nerves as Williams helps Sharks steamroll Leeds

The DBL Sharks Sheffield now know their opponents for the BBL Trophy Final on March 4th.

League leaders Leicester Riders, overcame London Lions in the second semi-final to book their place at the Glasgow showpiece.

Who are the Sharks opponents in the league just one week before the final? Leicester of course!

All this on the back of a very successful league weekend for the club with victories on the road against Leeds and Cheshire.

Last weekend saw the Sharks head up to West Yorkshire to tackle bottom of the league Leeds Force.

There were no derby nerves for the Sharks as they duly dispatched their Yorkshire rivals by 107-79.

Dirk Williams led the scoring with 26 but the game was also remarkable for pitting the Brownell brothers (George of Leeds and Eddy of Sheffield) against each other in a competitive game for the first time.

Former Shark George contributed 10 points for his new side but Eddy had the last laugh of course by getting the win.

A tougher prospect was the game last Sunday away at Cheshire Phoenix.

The ‘Nix have already claimed the BBL Cup so far this season and pushed the Sharks all the way in a recent league encounter.

Sunday was no different and the team did really well to hang on for a vital 82-77 success that gives an outright fourth place in the table.

Chris Alexander continued his rich vein of form with 20 points but it was the resilient manner of the victory that was pleasing.

The Trophy final is a little more than a week ahead now but the focus must remain firmly on the league.

We fought out an epic double overtime game against Leicester a fortnight ago, eventually going down by 92-98 in front of the Freesports TV cameras.

Well the venue switches to the Leicester Arena this Friday but the cameras will be there once again as we look to inflict a third league loss this season on the leaders.

If the game is half as good as last time around, it will be essential viewing.

And of course, there is the added spice of it being a dress-rehearsal for the final the week after!

Tune in at 7.30pm on the Freesports channel on Friday to see what we mean.

Added success for the club came in the shape of Mike Tuck and Zach Gachette being called up for the final England Commonwealth Games team training camp in Manchester this week.

The final squad for the April games has yet to be announced but it is a wonderful achievement for Mike and Zach to still remain in the frame at this stage. We are busy making the travel arrangements for our trip north of the border.

We will have a good following from the ‘SharkNation’ making the journey with us, hoping for a repeat of 2013 when BJ Holmes turned in an MVP performance to beat the Riders by 71-69. Check out our website and social media platforms if you want to join us for another memorable day out!