Sharks’ focus is entirely on Rocks match

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The Sharks are refusing to look past tonight’s opponents, Glasgow Rocks, as they prepare for another big weekend.

With the third placed Rocks visiting the EIS and Sheffield travelling to fourth placed Cheshire Jets on Sunday it is a crucial few days for Atiba Lyons’ team.

Two victories will see them emerge as favourites to challenge Newcastle Eagles and Mersey Tigers for the BBL Championship.

The One Health sponsored-Sharks have a good recent record against the Rocks in Sheffield, although player-coach Lyons does remember defeats against Glasgow too.

“We match up well against what they have,” he said. “We have won some close ones and lost some big ones. They’ve given us our fair share of losses as well.

“Defensively we have to make sure we don’t give away too many transition points and offensively we move the ball to take advantage of mismatches.

“They have a well balanced team that are dynamic and strong in the open court. Defence will be vital. We haven’t played them since the Trophy competition and they have added Michael Kingma inside. It will be a tough game.

“Offensively you have to be aware and prepared for any five they put on the court. Nick Livas is a very active player and can cause havoc on both ends of the floor. Then the experience of EJ Harrison blends all their young talent.” With 15 league matches still to play fatigue is sure to become an issue for the Sharks.

Lyons says having no game on Saturday will help before the trip to Chester: “We’ll have a day in between this time. Every team has a tough schedule at this stage of the season. Rocks are more of a concern than Jets only because we’ve played Jets four times already.”