Basketball: Atiba says Cook will heat up for Sharks

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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is backing big man Da’Quan Cook to play an important role in the club’s hunt for trophies.

The 6’8” American has taken time to adjust to British basketball but is beginning to show signs that he could be a vital member of Lyons’ strong squad.

Seven points and four rebounds in 10 minutes of action against London last Friday resulted in a starting spot on Sunday in the victory at Cheshire Phoenix where he scored five points and pulled down two rebounds as Sharks moved to joint top of the BBL Championship.

Lyons said: “Da’Quan got in foul trouble against London, but he was a bit better and showed what he could do.

“He made some shots and free throws, he got to the rim and helped us a lot.

“He’s frustrated a bit getting into foul trouble which means I have to take him out.

“It’s hard when you’ve got this many guys, you don’t want to get someone in foul trouble for no reason.

“He’s got so much more to go. It’s about getting him the minutes at the right time but it’s been a big step forward for him the way he played.”

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