Let’s play some basketball, is the message from Sharks sharp-shooter Ryan Patton ahead of his team’s stretch of six matches in 10 days.
Patton was unstoppable in Sheffield’s 91-61 hammering of Glasgow Rocks on Sunday night. The point-guard scored 29 points, making 10 of his 12 shots to confirm his return from a virus that sapped his energy in the early part of 2011.
But with a brutal stretch of fixtures to come it is Patton who is leading the charge of a Sharks team which is in their best form of the season:
“It’s not unreasonable to win all the games. That’s what we’re here for; hey let’s play some basketball.
“Staying healthy is important. We have to take it game by game and make sure we don’t look past Wednesday.”
Tomorrow the One Health sponsored-Sharks travel to Liverpool to take on league leaders Mersey Tigers. The teams will meet three times before the end of the regular season.
Sharks memorably beat Tigers 93-66 in the BBL Cup final in January, which Patton says will be firmly in the mind of the Mersey players:
“It’s a result that carries over for them. We went out and hit everything that day. Steve Dagostino caught fire and the rest of us did our jobs.
“We know they’re a great, well coached team. Their record shows how well they play.”
Sharks have won seven in a row to keep themselves in the hunt for a first league title since 2003. With Mersey and Newcastle Eagles both having lost one less match than Sheffield they still remain outsiders.
But with Patton in such good form it is possible that Sharks could win their remaining fixtures and force their rivals to earn the championship.
Patton said he felt in good form against Glasgow: “I got it going. You get in a groove; it has happened before and it feels good. First two went in then third and fourth. It is good to have one of those days.”