Basketball: Pride of Lyons for battling Sharks

Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says his players can be proud despite being beaten in their last match.

Sheffield lost 75-69 in double-overtime at triple winners Leicester Riders last Saturday but displayed the kind of resilience that Lyons has been demanding.

He said: “It was one of those times when I could be proud even in defeat,” he said. “We did a lot of the little things that people don’t notice but are important.”

Sharks welcome the winless Surrey United to the English Institute of Sport tomorrow night with Lyons urging his players to perform with the same attitude.

He said: “We have to keep doing those things.

“There’s still a long way left in the season and we need to approach the Surrey match in the same way.”

There’s no doubt the Leicester defeat has hurt Sharks’ hopes of winning their first title since 2003.

The Riders now own the season series 2-0 with one game to play between the clubs and also have two fewer losses than Sheffield.

However, with half a campaign still to play Lyons believes there will be a few shocks.

“There’s a lot of good teams out there whose records may not reflect that. Teams like Plymouth Raiders are really talented,” he said.