Basketball: Sharks eye play-offs final as Wolves are final hurdle

Sharks receive instructions from coach Atiba Lyons during their match with Manchester Giants.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham.
Sharks receive instructions from coach Atiba Lyons during their match with Manchester Giants. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.
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Sharks face their final home match of the season tonight as they hope to get a good start in their two-leg play-offs semi-final with Worcester Wolves.

Sheffield have an excellent record at the EIS and they’re likely to need a decent lead for the return leg in Worcester on Sunday.

Skipper Mike Tuck says Worcester, who finished third in the table behind Sharks in second, are a tough side: “They are just an all-round good team with a lot of weapons and it is all about limiting them.

“They have the league MVP in Zaire Taylor, Will Creekmore has been great for them and Alex Owumi too.

“We have to make sure we limit those guys’ shots.”

The winners will play league champions Newcastle Eagles or Leicester Riders in the final on Sunday May 11 at Wembley Arena.

Sharks won each of their three league matches against Worcester but lost both legs of the BBL Trophy semi-final.

Wolves went on to win the Trophy and Sharks are the only one of the four semi-finalists who haven’t picked up any silverware this season - the Riders won the BBL Cup earlier in the campaign.

Despite finishing runners-up in the league and being semi-finalists in the BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and now the play-offs no Sharks player was voted into any of the BBL’s team of the seasons.

Sharks will be without forward Demetrius Jemison for the second leg in Worcester. The forward was ejected from their quarter-final against Manchester Giants last Sunday and has been suspended for one match.

Tip-off tonight is 7.30pm.