Lyons wary of underestimating ‘talented’ Rocks

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THERE’S no danger of Sharks taking play-off opponents Glasgow Rocks lightly, says player-coach Atiba Lyons.

The Rocks had an awful end to the campaign as their title hopes crumbled and they only just scrambled into the play-offs. But with all eight qualifiers treating the play-offs as a chance to redeem past failings, Lyons is warning his team not to underestimate Glasgow.

“The Rocks are a very talented team,” he said. “We have faced them twice in the last four weeks and both times I thought we played very well. They are similar to us in the sense they have a well rounded team and multiple players that can step up and lead them in the scoring column.

“I feel Nick Livas and EJ Harrison are two players that can hurt you in a variety of ways and can spark their team-mates.”

After a season where his side have finished third in the BBL Championship table and lifted the BBL Cup, Lyons admits that it has been hard going: “I felt this season was one of the most taxing seasons of my coaching or playing career.

“The league was so strong top to bottom making every game a must win after the Christmas break.

“Also, in past years going into the last month, it is clear who will be sitting on top of the league or at least in the top four position. This was never clear until the final weekend of the season.

“Coming into the season we had to make a few changes to the roster. Everyone knows in this league continuity goes a long way as well as having players experienced playing the BBL.

“My guys put in the effort in to turn a solid season into a great year after the Christmas break. Now as long as we keep our focus and play together I feel we can do something special in the play-offs.”