Basketball: Sharks facing final league test at familiar opponents

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SHEFFIELD Sharks have been promised a tough finish to the regular season as they complete their league programme at Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday.

The Sharks will take on Newcastle Eagles in the first round of the play-offs but first they have to escape unscathed from a visit to the Northgate Arena in Chester.

Phoenix coach Matt Lloyd says Sheffield are one of the form teams of the BBL: “Sharks have had a very busy schedule of late but have had a very good run of victories over teams around them and above them in the table. They have had a very strong second half of the league since the arrival of BJ Holmes.

“Their key players are Mike Tuck and Holmes, both players provide the team with something different. Tuck is the general, he controls the momentum of the team and how they operate from on court he is a leader and shows by example. Holmes is a fantastic point guard who looks to pass first a coach’s dream in most cases he will look to get the ball to other players around him and if he is open when the ball comes back to him then he will shoot and more often than not knock it down.

“The last time we played well in the first half and we were up at half time through playing together, in the second half it was like we hit self destruct and we ended up losing the game. So we will be looking to play for 40 minutes.”

This is the sixth meeting between the team this season. Sharks have won four so far.

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