SHEFFIELD hope to shrug off some indifferent form and move a step closer to the BBL Championship play-offs when they host Durham Wildcats at the EIS tomorrow.
Despite only picking up two wins from last six games, Sharks are still sixth in the Championship table with an 11-15 record and two victories from their final four games should be enough to seal a post-season place in the post-season.
Sharks’ guard Ryan Patton knows tomorrow’s game is a must-win for his team: “We must get back on track as we’ve had a bad stretch recently.
“We need to put that behind us and every game is important. We need to win these games as we want to go into the play-offs with a bit of form.
“I haven’t played against the Wildcats. From talking to people, they’re a young, scrappy, team who play hard...so we’ll have to be ready for them.”
A tight game at the EIS last Friday saw Sharks go down 78-72 against Cheshire Jets.
Patton said: “It was a tough game, we played well in first half, we were quick offensive and defensively we were sound, but we got in a lull in the second half and they made some big shots.
“We didn’t shoot well and they ended up making the free-throws to seal the game.”
Wildcats’ coach Dave Elderkin knows what his side have to do if they’re going to get their third win of the season.
“We’ve lost twice to them and since then they have replaced Justin Dobbins with Patton, and, I assume, Nate Reinking is still missing from their line up. It’ll still be a big front line we face, but, as we showed at Plymouth we are doing more physically to deal with this threat, a little less whistle will help us.”