Basketball: Away the lads as Sharks begin road run

Sharks coah Atiba Lyon leads his team at Newcastle Eagles tonight. Pic: Dean Atkins.
Sharks coah Atiba Lyon leads his team at Newcastle Eagles tonight. Pic: Dean Atkins.
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Sharks begin a crucial run of away fixtures tonight, which could shape their season in the league and BBL Trophy.

Sheffield travel to title rivals Newcastle Eagles hoping they can build on last week’s overtime victory against London Lions at the English Institute of Sport.

That win, coupled with back-to-back defeats for Leicester Riders, has thrown the title race wide open.

Sheffield and Newcastle are four points behind Worcester Wolves having lost one game more but played one match less.

The Riders are level on points in second but have lost five games against four for Sharks and Newcastle.

Next Wednesday Sheffield will travel to Plymouth Raiders for the quarter-final of the BBL Trophy and then next Sunday they visit the in-form Durham Wildcats, who have beaten Leicester and London in recent weeks.

Victories in all three games will put Sharks in an excellent position before a run of home matches.

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s Devon Van Oostrum has finished seventh in voting for the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year award.

Great Britain international Van Oostrum, aged 21, plays for Spanish Euroleague club Laboral Kutxa.