Play-off picture beginning to take shape for Sharks

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SHEFFIELD Sharks will be keeping an eye on events above them in the league table as well as below with the play-off race beginning to heat up.

Sharks, who visit MK Lions on Sunday, hopes of winning the BBL title for the first time since 2003 evaporated a long time ago but both senior players and management have talked about mounting a run at the end of season play-off crown. With eight matches of the regular campaign to play Sharks are currently sixth in the BBL Championship.

If the season ended today they’d meet Plymouth Raiders in the first round of the play-offs. Both the first round and the semi-finals are played over two legs with team with the best aggregate score going through to the next round.

On paper it would be a tough match-up for the Sharks with Raiders being an outstanding team on their home court and one of only four clubs to beat Sheffield at the EIS this season.

Perhaps the Sharks would prefer to take on second-placed Worcester Wolves.

Sheffield have twice beaten the Wolves at the EIS and the two will meet in Worcester on March 24 for the third and final time.

Leicester Riders are another likely contender if the positions should fall in the right order. However, the East Midlands club and champions elect Newcastle Eagles have swept the Sharks this season so would definitely prefer to avoid both in the first round.