Langhurst ready to take on Lions backlash

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SHARKS shooting guard Jimmy Langhurst doesn’t expect there to be any carry over from the ugly scenes at the end of their last match against MK Lions when the two teams meet tomorrow in Buckinghamshire.

Sheffield were cruising to victory when Langhurst found himself in the middle of a melee after a Lions player objected to the way he was trying to return the ball into play. But Langhurst, who has been in a rich vein of form, since switching to the shooting guard position from point guard, said it won’t be a problem.

“I’m sure they’ll use the defeat and the bit of trouble as motivation but as far as it carrying on onto the floor, then no it won’t happen. It’s going to be a tough match, they play hard and we’ve had the best of them so far this season.”

Langhurst has been freed up by player-coach Atiba Lyons to concentrate on his scoring rather than running the Sharks offence.

That job is now in the experienced hands of Ryan Patton. It is a move that the 23-year--old from Ohio, America, is very comfortable with. He said: “I’m enjoying it. It has taken the pressure off me and let Ryan do his thing. Ryan gets everyone involved and is great to play with.”

Patton, Langhurst and the injured Nate Reinking all grew up in the same area of Ohion.

Langhurst joked the return of Patton was obvious: “It was a case of getting another one of us in when Nate went down.”