SHEFFIELD Sharks will have to control the twin threat of MK Lions’ Demarius Bolds and Stefan Gill tonight at the EIS if they’re going to put together their first back-to-back wins since last December.
The Lions pair are both having excellent seasons with the speedy Gill more often than not the provider for the explosive Bolds.
But there’s a renewed vigour around the Sharks at the moment after Ryan Patton returned to the club - Justin Dobbins, who left Sheffield as part of the deal, has signed for the Lions and should be in their line up tonight.
Sharks beat Guildford Heat last Friday and captain Adrian Anderson is hoping for more of the same.
He said: “Like Heat, Lions are another athletic team that like to get out in transition. We need to keep the game in the half court as much as possible and limit [Demarius] Bolds. We can’t make it into a track meet as that suits their style of play.
“I think Stefan Gill is a tough player, he can get hot really quick, push the ball and play tough defence. I respect that as a player, he’ll cause the guards problems at both ends of the floor.
“They’re a defensive side, and they’re not to be taken lightly. We mustn’t sit back on the fact we won last week, we need to dig out another win.”
Lions’ coach Mike New is ready for a difficult game: “Sharks are a team that we have our sights on and with their recent addition of [Ryan] Patton they are smarter because he brings familiarity having played there last season. Jimmy Langhurst has played well against us and Mike Tuck brings his versatility which causes problems.
“We played horribly as a team the last time we played and we are looking to play better on both ends.”