Gruelling fixture schedule to test Sharks

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With the fixtures coming thick and fast, you might think Sharks boss Atiba Lyons would be happy with his team’s first double-winning weekend for a while.

But not so fast.

Yes, Lyons was delighted with Sharks fiery victory over Leicester Riders on Friday, he was relieved to sneak a one point win at MK Lyons on Sunday, but he knows Sheffield have to keep on performing.

Another Friday night home date with Leicester looms and then a long trip to Guildford Heat on Saturday has to be negotiated if a BBL Championship challenge is to be continued.

Lyons says despite winning twice last weekend it will mean nothing when the ball goes up against the Riders:

“It‘s not really that simple that because we did it last weekend, we can do it again. This week we have got Friday and Saturday, then next week it is Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.”

The One Health sponsored-Sharks have moved into fourth position in the BBL after the weekend’s matches.

With still a third of the season to play, Sheffield will have to rely on the three teams above them – Newcastle Eagles, Mersey Tigers and Cheshire Jets – to drop points.

“I’ve been looking lately and we have one of the toughest schedules of the top five or six clubs,” said Lyons.

“We have Mersey Tigers three times; we go to the Glasgow Rocks away. Our aim is not to drop too many games.

“I think we did a good job at the Lions on offence towards the end of the game. We didn’t close couple of plays out on defence, which got them within striking distance.

“If could have been closed out much easier if we had defender better.”