Basketball: Visitors feel blue on Sharks court

Sharks have made use of the blue hall at the EIS.
Sharks have made use of the blue hall at the EIS.
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SHEFFIELD Sharks will try and make use of a new type of home court advantage tonight against Newcastle Eagles.

The midweek fixture (7.30pm) will see the Sharks play in the badminton hall at the English Institute of Sport instead of their usual venue of the main sports hall.

It has worked out well for Sheffield so far with victories this month over Glasgow Rocks, Plymouth Raiders and London Lions in the so-called ‘blue hall’.

While Atiba Lyons’ team has appeared to be comfortable their visitors have found it hard to adapt to the many different lines that are on the court for a variety of different sports.

Lyons joked that Newcastle may find it a test: “It’ll be interesting, hopefully they run out of bounds a few times and step on the wrong lines.

“This is our new home court advantage. Leicester have one and Cheshire have one. It’s awkward for teams, they’re used to playing in the main hall so I don’t think their eyes adjust to the blue, I don’t know.”

Sharks lost 88-80 against Newcastle on Sunday and the two teams are set to meet again in the play-offs first round after the regular season ends next weekend.

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