Basketball: Recognition for Lyons’ success

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons, centre, during a time-out against Newcastle Eagles on Monday night.
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons, centre, during a time-out against Newcastle Eagles on Monday night.
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Sheffield Sharks Atiba Lyons has finished second in the BBL Coach of the Year voting.

After a poor start to the season Lyons led his team to victory in the BBL Trophy final in March over Leicester Riders and seventh place in the BBL Championship.

The club also reached the semi-finals of the BBL Cup.

Sharks’ season ended on Monday night as they lost 84-81 against Newcastle Eagles at the EIS and 169-151 on aggregate but they had a storming second half of the season including eight wins from their final nine league matches.

Riders coach Rob Paternostro won the Molten BBL Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season after his team completed a BBL Cup and Championship double.

Meanwhile, Creon Raftopoulos of Surrey Heat took third place in recognition of leading his team into the top four and being bona-fide title contenders for a considerable chunk of the regular season. Since voting closed, Raftopoulos has also guided Heat into the semi-finals of the BBL Play-Offs.

The award was voted for by the Basketball Journalists Association.

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