Lyons looks on the bright side of slump

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SHEFFIELD Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons is refusing to panic despite seeing his side lose their fifth consecutive match.

Leicester Riders are the latest team to come away from the EIS with a victory, but Lyons thinks his squad aren’t far away from breaking their losing streak.

He said: “We have to keep our heads up. We played hard, it just didn’t roll our way. Not every season can be the season when you’re in form, we’re trying to find our form right now. There’s some positives. I’m not hanging my head from this loss, a loss is tough to take but you have to take the positives from it.”

Sharks have played some of the leading teams in the BBL this season, so while defeats have been disappointing they haven’t had one that could be considered a shock.

Lyons said: “We’ve had a tough run. These games we’ve played you can’t take lightly, people get hung up on previous years and what teams used to do. It’s a brand new year every year in the BBL and teams can step up and play for silverware.

“Unfortunately we’re on the wrong end of that right now. We’re not playing well and trying to catch up everyone else.

“We have to stay with it. I think we’ll get our form soon and we’ll be very competitive.

“We still have a lot to play for. We have to make sure we don’t get our heads down.”