No eyes on the Tigers doesn’t worry Sharks boss Atiba

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sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says the lack of preparation time he’s had ahead of tonight’s match at the Mersey Tigers in the BBL Trophy won’t put him at a disadvantage.

The Tigers have hastily assembled a squad after finalising a takeover, which saved the club. It will be last season’s treble winners’ first match of the new campaign.

However, it means Lyons hasn’t had chance to see his opponents in action - not that he is letting it bother him. He said: “Scouting and preparation is always an advantage, but on the flip side experience players who know the BBL should bring a quicker cohesion.”

Sharks have started the season with two wins over Cheshire Jets - the other team in a three club Trophy group. Both victories were by narrow margins, but Lyons is pleased with the way his new look squad has come together.

He said: “I thought we played hard in the first game. We won on effort plays because as a team we are not where we need. That was only our second game and we are still very unfamiliar with each other. That will be fixed with time together.

“In the second game I felt our offence was a little better but we still had significant lapses of execution. I really like the progress we have made in such a short period.”