Basketball: Wake up call will do Sharks good ahead of big cup clash

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says his team have received a “wake up” call ahead of their BBL Cup quarter-final with Durham on Friday.

Sheffield were soundly beaten last week by London Lions, which Lyons believes will re-focus his team who had previously won five in a row.

He said: “It was definitely a wake up call.

“We’d had a good run beating teams who were ranked No 1 or who had arrived with a lot of hype.

“Maybe we thought we were a bit better than we really are.”

Sharks will meet Newcastle Eagles in a two-leg BBL Cup semi-final if they beat Wildcats at the EIS.

The two teams have already met once in Sheffield this season with the Sharks coming out on top 81-67 on October 25.

However, the Wildcats, who beat Cheshire Phoenix to reach the last eight are comfortably positioned in mid-table and have picked up some impressive results.

Their away form will be of some concern with one road victory this season - and that was at BBL basement dwellers Surrey Heat.