Player-coach Atiba Lyons isn’t giving up on his BBL Championship dream despite Sharks falling four points behind league leaders Mersey Tigers with just five matches remaining.
Lyons leads his team back into action tonight at the EIS to take on lowly Worthing Thunder insisting that the Sharks can still catch the Tigers and second placed Newcastle Eagles. With the defeat at Mersey on Wednesday and Eagles losing at MK Lions the One Health sponsored-Sharks are in the same position as they were to start the week.
They need to win their next five games – including two against Mersey – and for Eagles to lose twice more.
With Newcastle and the Tigers due to play each other next Wednesday they know a defeat will be landing in the loss column of at least one of their rivals.
Lyons said it was important his team took care of their own results: “There is still plenty to play for; we have Tigers two more times. We need to get that series won. But teams are losing to everyone at the moment so it’s not over yet.
“It was disappointing to lose on Wednesday. We had the game in our hands and they stole it from us. We were up by six points with less than 90 seconds to play. They didn’t do anything special we just had mental breakdowns. When you lose like that it doesn’t knock confidence too much because we know we were right there.”
Worthing arrive at the EIS guaranteed they will not finishing bottom of the BBL. The pressure will be off, which Lyons believes makes them dangerous:
On Sunday the Sharks travel to MK Lions.