Basketball: Sharks Tuck in to new diet

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The Sharks are benefiting from improving several aspects of their work off the court, says coach Atiba Lyons.

Sheffield will meet fellow BBL Championship leaders Newcastle Eagles in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-final on Friday with Lyons pleased with the infrastructure he is building at the club.

Veteran coach Nigel Hanson is acting as Sharks head of scouting and Sheffield are also working with nutritionist David Stache, who is co-founder of Nourish on Pinstone Street in the city centre.

Lyons said: “Nigel is a coach who has worked in Birmingham for a long time and he wanted to step up to the BBL.

“I want to build a good team around the team, which will improve performance.

“David Stache from Nourish is good at communicating with the guys and getting the most out of them.

“People like Mike Tuck and Colin Sing are playing three matches a week with the Sharks and with [Sheffield Hallam] University.

“All the little improvements add up.”

Sharks won twice last weekend with an excellent fourth quarter performance against Durham followed by blanking Manchester Giants in overtime on Sunday.

While it maybe too simplistic to say the Sharks were simply fitter than their opponents, the work they’re doing with Stache regarding their diets is bound to help.

Stache said: “We’ve been working with the Sharks since April giving them advice about what they should be eating when and providing their food.

“We’re looking at all aspects of their diet. We’ve been really pleased with the way the players have responded and are asking us questions to find out more.”