sheffield Sharks are hoping to have no Christmas hangover this year as they head north of the border to take on Glasgow Rocks tomorrow night.
Last year in their first match back after Christmas the Sharks suffered a heavy home loss against Newcastle Eagles. On that occasion bad weather and travel chaos had prevented player-coach Atiba Lyons from being able to prepare his players properly.
However, only Lyons and point guard Jimmy Langhurst returned to America for Christmas so skipper Adrian Anderson is confident the team will be able to continue their recent good form at the Rocks. He said: “We’ve got to work together as a team, play tough defence as they are a good shooting team, keep them under 80 [points] and move the ball well for 40 minutes. With no disrespect to the Rocks, if we do that, we’ll win the game.”
Back-to-back wins before the Christmas break against MK Lions and Durham Wildcats have left Sharks in a decent position in the league with still two thirds on the league campaign to play.
Anderson said: “We played really well in both games. MK are very quick in transition, but we slowed that down and when we made it a half-court game they struggled.
“They can score in bundles, but our defence was tough and we kept Demarius Bolds under wraps which was important.
“We took that performance into Durham, and it was another good display.
“I was pleased to go into Christmas with two wins, but we now have to keep the run going.”