Basketball: Leicester 60 Sharks 40

Patrick Horstmann scored nine points for the Sharks on Saturday. Pic: MPhotography
Patrick Horstmann scored nine points for the Sharks on Saturday. Pic: MPhotography
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons was philosophical after seeing his team score just 40 points in a defeat at Leicester Riders on Saturday night.

It was the club’s first defeat of the season but they still ended the week top of the British Basketball League after Newcastle Eagles lost at Plymouth Raiders yesterday.

Sharks had led the treble-winning Riders at half time 26-24 but could barely score in the second half as Leicester pulled clear.

Lyons said: “It was a combination of a few factors. Things didn’t go our way and I thought at one point it would end 50-40 or something like that before they put a run together near the end.

“It has been a tough first few weeks and maybe our legs were a little tired but we can overcome that.

“Defensively we were strong again so we’ll take the positives from that. Offensively we couldn’t get anything to drop. We missed in the paint, a few ten-footers and made just one three-point shot all night.

“It’s always tough at Leicester. It’s not any old team that did that to us; they’re the champions and probably begin this season with more continuity than any team in the league.”

While Lyons can’t remember any team he’s played on or coached “as an adult” scoring 40 points he can look forward to the arrival of point guard BJ Holmes as soon as his work visa is processed.

The Texan has agree a deal with the Sharks and will be in Sheffield as soon as possible.