Basketball: Horstmann making most of being the Sharks open man

Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann
Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann
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Sheffield Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann has praised his teammates for helping him find his best form of the season.

Horstmann, aged 25, was one of four summer signings by the Sharks alongside Jeremie Simmons, Brian Barbour and Da’Quan Cook.

And while Barbour and Cook have departed the club Horstmann and Simmons are showing why coach Atiba Lyons was so keen to sign them.

Horstmann, from Germany, has been one of the key men during Sharks latest four-match unbeaten run that has seen them move just two points of the top of the BBL Championship and hold a three-point lead going into next Friday’s BBL Cup semi-final second leg at Newcastle Eagles.

He said he is beginning to show he best form: “I think I’m getting comfortable. Coach (Atiba Lyons) and the guys are giving me a lot of confidence.

“When I’m open they’re telling me to shoot. Jeremie (Simmons) and BJ (Holmes) are finding me in great spots - it makes it easy for me.

“I think we’re right there (with the top teams). We need to improve but we’re up there with everybody.”

Horstmann is a similar no-nonsense type of player to Sharks skipper Mike Tuck.

The pair combine well on the court and the 6’7” Horstmann says Tuck makes his life easy: “He’s been here for a long time so he knows the ins and outs.

“He puts me in great spots; he’s been a great player in this league and gets a lot of attention so it gives me room to operate in which makes life easier.”

Sharks travel to Plymouth Raiders on Sunday for the first time this season.

The teams met at the EIS earlier in the campaign with Sharks eventually winning 75-69.

“Plymouth has several really good individual players and I remember that it was a tough game on our home court so we will definitely have to be ready and give 100 per cent to have a chance to win at Plymouth,” said Horstmann.