George earns Lyons praise

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SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Atiba Lyons said local lad George Brownell deserved his chance of important minutes during Tuesday night’s victory over Glasgow Rocks.

Brownell, aged 19, from Stannington has had to remain patient on the Sharks bench for much of the season, but when the time came to be called into the match he didn’t let his coach down.

Lyons said: “George is one of the better shooters on the team, he just doesn’t get many shots because he’s still young and understanding how to play the game a bit.

“I always tell him to be ready because you never know when you’ll be needed. I trust him and if he gets open he’ll knock it down.

“He still needs to get stronger and tougher and mature a little bit but he’s capable of scoring.”

Brownell is studying for a bio-chemistry degree at Sheffield Hallam University and is one of a number of Sharks players who are on a scholarship between the institution and the club.

Point guards Nick Lewis and Zach Gachette and forward Colin Sing are studying at the university alongside Brownell.

The Sheffield Hallam basketball first team is also benefiting - it won the British University and Colleges Trophy last week.