Sharks aim to take down the Eagles

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Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons and point-guard Ryan Patton are relishing the prospect of two matches against rivals Newcastle Eagles.

A dramatic comeback from 21 points down against Glasgow Rocks on Monday set up a BBL Play-offs semi-final with the Eagles. Tonight’s first leg is in Newcastle with the second match on Sunday afternoon at the EIS.

Lyons was pleased that his team rallied so well in Glasgow and admits he is enjoying the challenge of coaching over two matches.

He said: “It’s definitely a different way to approach it with the result determined over second legs. It’s still half time after the first match (no matter the result), so it is different. I try and coach same way and make adjustments as we go along.

“Newcastle are good at home, but Rocks were good at home too. They have added Drew Lasker, who is a talented guard, since we last played them. I don’t know if it is better for them or not. We’re just looking forward to it.”

Patton was in excellent shooting touch at Glasgow. He said: “This is exactly what you want at this stage of the season. It’ll be another great match-up against another really good side. They’re well coached, and we know all about them. We know what to expect and we know we’ll have to work hard if we’re going to get to the final.”