Basketball: Lyons seeks consistency for Sharks

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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is hoping his team reveal their true identity when they return to action tonight.

Durham Wildcats will visit the English Institute of Sport (7.30pm) to break Sharks’ two-week lay-off from BBL duty.

It is likely to be a more testing encounter than usual from the Wildcats.

They are in good form this season and will meet the Sharks in the BBL Cup quarter-finals if Lyons’ team can beat London Lions next Friday.

Lyons said: “We are a little bit inconsistent right now. We can’t score 40 one game and 102 another. Once we establish a team identity our consistency should improve.

“They (Wildcats) are much improved from last season. We have to try and contain their shooters.

“It is so early in the season I am more concerned with us coming and playing a complete game on offence and defence.”

Wildcats coach Lee Davie said: “We played Sheffield really close in pre-season, they were missing some guys and so were we.

“We’re looking forward to picking back up where we left off with them.

“They have a good, established core group and are the reigning BBL Trophy winners.

“We need to make sure we’re focused for 40 minutes and keeping trying to do the right thing on each possession.”

Point guard BJ Holmes will play his first game since rejoining the Sharks while Nick Lewis will sit out due to his one match suspension for being ejected at Birmingham a fortnight ago.