Basketball: Jeremie is a cool character

Jeremie Simmons in action for the Sharks against Worcester. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Jeremie Simmons in action for the Sharks against Worcester. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has praised American shooting guard Jeremie Simmons’ big game mentality.

Simmons, who signed for the club in the summer, is one of a number of Sharks players keeping their cool in vital moments of matches.

He was in good form last week against Worcester Wolves and Lyons is backing him again as Sheffield travel to face London Lions in the Copper Box on the Olympic Park tonight.

“He likes those (big) moments, he likes to be in the game to make those plays,” Lyons said. “I think it shows how much confidence the guys have in each other.

“They trust Jeremie, they trust BJ (Holmes), they trust Mike Tuck. With that confidence you have a good chance of a good outcome.”

Sharks beat London convincigly earlier this month in the BBL Cup at the EIS.

However, the visitors were blooding a number of new players which leads Lyons to believe that it will be a more testing occasion this evening. He said: “They were new together. We had the same issues last year in bringing BJ Holmes in the day before a Cup game.

“More importantly London has one of the best home-court advantages in the league. They are always relentless on defence but have much improved bench scoring output at home. It will be a tough game.”