Basketball: Tough love works for Colin and Zach

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons with Colin Sing
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons with Colin Sing
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has praised the contribution of Colin Sing and Zach Gachette during the club’s unbeaten start to the season.

Victories at home last Friday against Cheshire Phoenix and away at Manchester Giants on Sunday have set Sharks up perfectly for this weekend’s double-header against Plymouth Raiders on Friday at the EIS and then Leicester Riders away.

However, the form and attitude of Sing, aged 24, and 23-year-0ld Gachette has pleased Lyons.

He said: “The end of last season was important for them. Zach and Colin have never been part of a team that has won a Championship or part of a team that has such high expectations.

“The second half of last season they were expected to win and everything you did was important - practice was important.

“Having that mind-set you could see the difference. I could tell they liked it and they could see why I’d been so hard on them.

“I think they get it now. You don’t play basketball for the wins and the losses, you play for Championships.

“Whether you’re a seventh placed team or first placed team whoever wins the Championship at the end of the year is all that is remembered. That’s all that people care about.

“It shows, they’re maturing and they’re becoming better players for it.”

The Sharks, who were one of three teams in the BBL to win twice last week, have no injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have hit a snag in their re-signing of American point guard BJ Holmes.

The shutdown of the US government has meant that work visa applications are being delayed.

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