Basketball: Tuck tells Sharks to focus on the Wolves

Sharks captain Mike Tuck
Sharks captain Mike Tuck
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Sharks captain Mike Tuck is urging his team to remain focused as they prepare to take on Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy semi-final first leg on Friday night at the English Institute of Sport.

Sheffield have two matches in three days, which could help shape their hopes of silverware this season.

After taking on Worcester the Sharks will travel to the north-east to take on a potentially tricky BBL Championship match against Durham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

However, the Sharks are in excellent spirits following their dramatic victory over title rivals Newcastle Eagles last Tuesday night.

Tuck said the win, which was secured by BJ Holmes’ buzzer-beating three-point shot was a real boost for the whole Sharks organisation.

He said: “The win against the Eagles was a great win for the club and for our fans.

“Probably the most exciting game of the season for us and was great to have that huge shot from BJ Holmes in front of our home crowd.

“The focus for us now shifts to this weekend. Right now it’s one game at a time and Worcester is the focus.”

The Wolves are top of the BBL Championship and have lost just once in 15 games.

That defeat was against Newcastle Eagles last Friday night and it kept the Eagles as well as the Sharks and reigning champions Leicester Riders in the hunt for the league title.

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says he expects a difficult match against Worcester.

Lyons said: “There’s no easy draw at this point in the competition.

“It’ll be tough - they’re playing really well.

“They’ve added a lot of depth in Kai Williams and Jamal Williams so it’ll be a tough game for us.”

The return leg in Worcester will be played on Wednesday evening with the winners taking on Glasgow Rocks or Cheshire Phoenix in the final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Sunday, March 30.