Following a comfortable 91-70 win over Manchester Giants, Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons appeared much happier.
The Sharks managed to hold Manchester to 70 points and just 44.4 percent shooting from the field. When asked what had changed, coach Lyons said: “For some reason we just haven’t clicked and understand how to play team defence consistently for a game and I thought we did a much better job of just constantly putting in the extra effort for your team mate”.
This was echoed by Sharks forward Patrick Horstmann who scored 15.
Despite encouraging signs from the Sharks, guard Kyle Odister was aims for further improvements. “We weren’t perfect. Our defence was better and that is always a good thing but we need to continue to get better. We will be working hard again this week in training.”
Sharks travel to face unbeaten Leicester Riders on Sunday in the BBL Cup (6pm). Lyons said: “You know what to expect from them - defensive intensity, their high energy and they are a strong offensive team that move the ball well.”