Basketball: Lyons tells young stars to earn their place in squad

Atiba Lyons with the Sharks squad last season
Atiba Lyons with the Sharks squad last season
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has challenged his club’s young players to prove their deserve their place in the first team squad.

Lyons has consistently named some of the brightest talent from the Sharks junior teams on the bench for the senior side but the re-signing of American point guard BJ Holmes means there will be one fewer place available.

George Brownell, aged 19, is already an established member of the Sharks squad but under 18s stars Eddy Brownell, Montell Gordon, both aged 17, and Marko Backovic, Jake Wignall and Matteo Murriero, all 16, will have to fight it out to impress Lyons and assistant coach Joel Mills.

Lyons said: “With BJ returning there will be one less space available so the guys will have to step up and show who deserves it.

“We’ve got players who have been on the bench all season and others who are pushing to get there.

“It’s a big incentive to show us in training and matches that they’ve earned the right to be with the senior team.”

Sharks’ next match is Friday, October 25 against Durham at the EIS.