Patton ready for weekend of double trouble

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SHARKS face their last double-header of the regular season this weekend hoping to progress their claims for a top half finish.

Currently sixth, it is unlikely that Sheffield will end the campaign any higher than fifth position - for which they’re fighting with Glasgow Rocks.

And with five of the last seven matches at the EIS - including one against the Rocks - there’s a good chance of overtaking the team from north of the border. First though is Mersey Tigers on Friday at home and then a tough-looking visit to second placed Worcester Wolves.

Sharks’ guard Ryan Patton said he is ready for two difficult games, saying: “We’ve got a double-header weekend, and defending our home court is always important. We have to stay focussed and keep things going. We’ve played them (Tigers) twice in a short time-span, and they’re well coached by Tony Garbelotto.

“They have some good young guys, they’re talented and scrappy, but we both know each other now, so there won’t be any surprises.

“We just need to stick to our game-plan.”

The Sharks completed a season sweep over MK Lions last week, leaving Patton a happy man: “It was a good result, we’re trying to get a good run of form going into the play-offs, so every win is important - and especially on the road.”

Tigers’ coach Tony Garbelotto knows what to expect at the EIS.

“This will be our third game in four weeks,” he said. “They have massive talent in their top four players and when they fire they can beat anyone. As an opposing team, you have to limit the offensive out put of all four, if you can do that, you have a chance.”