Basketball: Lyons hopes Sharks can improve away form

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is urging his players to improve their away form. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is urging his players to improve their away form. Pic: Dean Woolley.
  • Sharks take on London and Leicester this weekend
  • Sheffield have won seven in a row
  • Three way fight for fifth place in BBL
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Sheffield Sharks face a crucial test of their play-off credentials this weekend with two tough matches.

On Friday night the in-form Sharks travel to London Lions hoping to leapfrog their opponents in the league with victory in the capital. And then on Sunday they welcome second-placed Leicester Riders to the EIS (4pm).

Seven wins in a row have secured Sharks a play-off berth and put them in touch with the Lions, who are currently fifth - two places above Sheffield.

Glasgow Rocks sit in sixth position with the three clubs likely to fight it our for a first round play-off meeting with fourth-placed Cheshire Phoenix.

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says his team has to forget their recent good form and concentrate on improving their away form.

He said: “We can’t just show up and win games. We haven’t played well on the road for a long time, so it will be nice to see if we can get something down there.

“We played them well the first time we played them on the road, and I think they just came out a bit flat.

“The last game we played there, they outplayed us. They had lost to us previously by 20 points and they redeemed themselves.”

Victory for the Sharks would secure the season series against London, which may prove crucial if the two teams finish level on points at the end of the regular season.

London coach Vince Macaulay says he knows how to stop the Sharks. He said: “The biggest thing is we have got to get rid of their three-point threat.

We haven’t played well on the road for a long time, so it will be nice to see if we can get something down there.

Atiba Lyons

“We have got to make sure that Mike Tuck doesn’t get back to how good he has been playing.

“He’s obviously getting himself ready for the Play-offs and Mike Cook coming in has given them an edge on the offensive end.”