IT’S unlikely that any sportsman in Sheffield has welcomed the snow more than Sharks captain Mike Tuck.
The Canadian, in his fourth season with the club, has been in excellent form in recent weeks as Sharks have won the BBL Trophy and picked up four wins in a row in the BBL Championship.
On Friday night - as the snow started to settle outside the English Institute of Sport - it was Tuck’s 14 points in the first quarter against Worcester Wolves that set Sharks up for their latest victory. A native of Toronto, the 30-year-old is used to a bit of cold level in early spring. He joked that it could have made him play even better.
He said: “Maybe it was the snow! It felt like home, it was snowing outside and I felt good! I came out firing and trying to get my teammates going and get the lead.
“Everyone is starting to come together right now and everyone is playing at a high level. It’s perfect timing for us coming close to the post-season.”
Tuck will lead his team against Glasgow Rocks tonight (7.30pm) at the EIS as Sharks look to clinch their play-off spot.
He said the Sharks have benefited from winning one piece of silverware already this season: “The Trophy win was a big confidence boost for us. I think Atiba (Sharks coach Atiba Lyons) has done a great job at making the team peak at the right time in the season.
“We’re learning how to close out games. Every game we’re getting a bit better at it. We have these young guys like Nick (Lewis), who are new to the league so we’re learning that you have to play a full 40 minutes.”
Sharks were made to work hard in the fourth quarter against a strong Worcester team. They’ll face a similar challenge tonight when they meet the Rocks.
Tuck said: “We can’t leave everything to the last couple of minutes.
“A team like this (Worcester) will sneak up on you so we did a great job in closing out the game.
“They’re (Glasgow) another team like Worcester - they have a lot of weapons. We’ve seen them before and know what to expect from them.
“We know we can beat them. We’ve beaten them in the Trophy and the Cup and that’s how we have to approach the game.”