Lions test for new look Sharks

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THE Sharks will begin their preparations for the new season with a pre-season friendly against MK Lions later this month.

The match at the EIS could be the only opportunity to see Atiba Lyons’ new look side ahead of their first competitive fixture with Cheshire Jets in the BBL Trophy on September 30.

Sharks will welcome the Lions to Sheffield on Sunday, September 25 for an afternoon tip-off at 3.45pm.

Several of the Sharks squad have now returned to Sheffield including player-coach Lyons and Canadian forward Mike Tuck.

The new backcourt pairing of Nate Reinking and BJ Jenkins will have their first chance to link up when Reinking begins his second spell with the Sharks.

Reinking’s signing is a real statement of intent for the Sharks. The shooting guard is a regular in the Great Britain line-up that performed well at the EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania at the beginning of the month.

He is also likely to be one of the few BBL-based players to be selected for the GB Olympic squad by former Sharks coach Chris Finch.

Tickets for the Lions match cost £5 from the Sharks office. Call 0114 257 1994. or email joel.mills@mls.gb.com.