Atiba working to build team’s identity

Back playing: Atiba Lyons
Back playing: Atiba Lyons
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SHEFFIELD Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says his team is still trying to find its identity after mid-season changes to the club’s roster.

Lyons, who is now back playing after the Sharks resolved their long-running dispute with the BBL, decided to allow Justin Dobbins to join MK Lions and brought back point guard Ryan Patton in February.

Experienced Great Britain shooting guard Nate Reinking has also been out with a knee injury, which hasn’t allowed Lyons to play with a full strength squad since Patton’s return.

Lyons said: “We’re still finding out about ourselves.

“It’s not like we’re waiting for the play-offs to start we’re trying to finish as high up the table as we possibly can.”

Sharks are currently sixth in the standings with their post-season berth still not confirmed.

It’s likely that they will make the play-offs but they can’t afford too many weekends like the last one when they lost at home to lowly Mersey Tigers and then were beaten at title-chasing Worcester Wolves a night later on Saturday.

The return of the prolific Reinking would be a boost for Lyons but the American admits it may still be a couple of weeks.

“Nate is getting back but he still hasn’t practised with us yet. It is unlikely that he’ll be ready for this weekend’s match,” said Lyons.