Sharks set sights on title bid

With one trophy already requiring regular polishing at Sheffield One Health Sharks head office, Atiba Lyons and his team have set their sights on even more silverware.

The Sharks made the best possible return to action from their BBL Cup triumph in mid-January with a comfy 89-69 win at Worthing Thunder on Saturday night.

It re-affirmed the club’s belief that a shot at the BBL Championship is a realistic goal this season with no club being totally dominant at the top of the table.

Sharks have beaten all their main contenders – Newcastle Eagles, Mersey Tigers, Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Jets – at least once this season.

And with more than half of the campaign to go there is still plenty of time for the title race to take several more twists and turns.

First Sharks must do the business in matches against Worcester Wolves on Friday night (7.30pm) at the EIS and at Leicester Riders on Saturday evening.

Back-to-back fixtures are never easy to prepare for and Lyons says it is important his team doesn’t slip up against non-title-contending-teams, but warns against any complacency:

“I can’t see many clubs dropping games now. They may do here and there but it will probably be against one another. We need to keep picking up the wins to put the pressure on.

“Sometimes the league table doesn’t show the true talent of a team. They have both suffered with injuries and personnel problems which have stopped them getting into any sort of a rhythm.”

Worcester Wolves coach Paul James rates the Sharks highly: “Without question the Sharks are one of the best teams in the league this season

“They have already won the BBL cup and are well in the hunt for the league championship too.

“Ryan Patton, Marcus Stout and Steve Dagostino are tough to deal with, but for me the heartbeat of the team is Mike Tuck. When he is in the mood you know it’s going to be a long night.”