Basketball: Sharks seal Tuck deal

Sharks Mike Tuck in action last season against Leicester Riders.
Sharks Mike Tuck in action last season against Leicester Riders.
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Sheffield Sharks have announced the signing of club captain Mike Tuck on a two-year deal.

Canadian Tuck, aged 30, also holds a British passport and made his debut for England in two international matches this month against Scotland.

The power forward, who can also play centre, joined the Sharks in 2009/10 season and has been part of two BBL Cup and one BBL Trophy final successes.

Sharks Managing Director Sarah Backovic said: “We are very pleased to have the security of Mike Tuck for the next two seasons. We believe it’s a testimony to his commitment to the club and our belief in his skills as a great captain.”

Meanwhile at the EuroBasket tournament in France, Sheffield Hatters players Steph Gandy and Lauren Thomas-Johnson couldn’t prevent Great Britain from losing against the host nation in their final group match.

Britain have already qualified for the second round but were beaten 79-47 by the tournament favourites.

Czech Republic will be Britain’s first opponent in the next stage of the competition on Wednesday. And the team, which has Hatters boss Vanessa Ellis as an assistant coach, also play Belarus on Friday and Croatia on Sunday.

If they finish in the top four of the group, also including France, they will qualify for the quarter-finals.