Basketball: Sharks battle against injury woes

Sharks guard Jeremie Simmons. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Sharks guard Jeremie Simmons. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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Sharks are fighting against an injury crisis as they prepare for a season-defining meeting with Newcastle Eagles.

Guard Jeremie Simmons is out for at least two more weeks with a wrist injury and forwards Demetrius Jemison (ankle) and Colin Sing (chest) are battling to be fit for Tuesday’s home game with their title rivals from the north-east.

Coach Atiba Lyons said it’s unlikely the Sharks injury worries will be factored in by any of the club’s British Basketball League opponents.

“I hope it is,” he joked, “but Sheffield has such a great history over the years that beating us is something that people really want to do.

“We have to go out there and play with a chip on our shoulder.”

Sharks are still very much in title contention despite being eight points behind leaders Worcester Wolves.

Sheffield have two games in hand over the Wolves and still have two more games against them.

Newcastle are second and have already beaten the Sharks once in the league this season. Another defeat against the Eagles could make catching them harder than over-taking the Wolves.

Lyons said: “People keep waiting for Worcester to slip up but they haven’t. They’re still No 1.

“A win against Newcastle could put us in a great position for the run in.”