Basketball: Sharks winning mentality pleases coach Atiba

Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Atkins.
Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons. Pic: Dean Atkins.
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has praised the way his team kept their focus in the 30-point victory over Birmingham Knights on Friday night.

Sheffield were expected to win comfortably against a side who have yet to triumph since joining the British Basketball League at the start of the season. And they did, which ensured Sharks kept pace with league leaders Newcastle Eagles, who beat Leicester Riders.

Lyons said: “It is tough usually to get up but we’d had such a tough loss (against Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy semi-final) they wanted to put it behind them. We came out with the right energy and right focus. In the first quarter they (Knights) hit some tough shots but we kept with it.”

The margin of victory gave Lyons the opportunity to try several different line ups.

He said: “I wanted to try a bit of zone defence with those guys. It wasn’t particularly great but it’s something we can look at in the future.”

The Hallam University team, which features several Sharks players lost 77-66 against Leeds Met on Saturday in the BUCS quarter-finals in London.