Sharks coach after more cups

The club retained the BBL Cup a week last Sunday after a superb performance against league leaders Mersey Tigers at the NIA in Birmingham.

And now Lyons says he wants to knock the Tigers from their position at the head of the BBL Championship starting with victory at Worthing Thunder.

“I feel we are refocused now and ready for the next competition which is the league, and doing all we can to be in the running for that trophy late in the season.

“It will be a very difficult task since so many teams are playing well at the moment but our focus is back and all we can do is take care of Sharks’ business one game at a time.”

Despite Thunder’s lowly position in the league Lyons isn’t taking anything for granted as his side travel to the south coast:

“We will need to win the rebound war and keep them out of transition this game. They always play well at home and we need to be on our game.

“Their main scoring threats from the guard position this season has been [Sharrad] Prezzie-Blue and Marlin Capers. They both are excellent shooters behind the arc. This is a different team than the last time we played them early in the season. They have really improved their roster.

“They have a big front court with veteran Shaun Durant and newcomer Cleve Woodfork who is still finding his footing in the BBL.”

Thunder go into the game in 11th place in the BBL Championship having won only one of their 16 games and having lost 17 straight games in all competitions.

Worthing coach Gary Smith knows the size of the task facing his team on Saturday: “Sharks are a club who are flying high at the moment. They are a club with a great basketball history and by winning the BBL Cup final they have kept to that great tradition.

“They as a club have always played great team basketball so it is no surprise that they have continued in that vain.”