Basketball: Lyons pride despite trophyless season

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Atkins.
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Atkins.
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says he is proud of his team but disappointed they didn’t finish the season with any trophies.

Sheffield’s campaign ended with a two-legged play-off semi-final defeat against Worcester Wolves at the weekend. It left Sharks with runners-up spot in the league and last four places in the BBL Cup, Trophy and play-offs.

Lyons said: “It was a good season but disappointing because silverware is always a mark. I like to win stuff.

“It was a good year for the fans and it showed our British talent is getting stronger.”

Sharks are expected to try and maintain the core of their squad for next season with Colin Sing, Zach Gachette, Mike Tuck, Nick Lewis and George Brownell all taking degree courses at Sheffield Hallam University.

The overseas player group of BJ Holmes, Jeremie Simmons, Demetrius Jemison and Patrick Horstmann are a separate case but Lyons has made it clear he doesn’t want a big overhaul during the summer.

“Continuity is what I’m looking for,” he said.

“I’m getting to that point where I only have to recruit a couple of positions and hopefully retain a lot of the guys.

“I want to be in the driving seat of knowing who I have rather than having to wait.”

Sharks almost pulled back a 20 point deficit against Worcester before faltering in the second half of the second leg to lose 146-119 on aggregate.

Lyons said: “We fought and battled and showed some heart.”