Sharks key role in destiny of title

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The Sharks run of big matches continues tonight with a trip to league leaders Mersey Tigers.

With just three games to play in the regular season Sheffield still have a say in where the BBL Championship will be heading. The result of tonight’s match will decide whether Mersey can win the title on Wednesday against the third team in the race – Newcastle Eagles.

With Tigers and Newcastle locked together on seven losses at the top of the table and Sheffield just behind them with eight, a Sharks win would give Mersey even greater incentive to beat the Eagles tomorrow.

A defeat, however, and the Liverpool-based club can clinch the title with a win over Newcastle.

Victory tonight for Sheffield, another tomorrow against Glasgow Rocks and then a third on Friday when Tigers visit the EIS would give Sheffield every chance of snatching the trophy away from their rivals.

Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons has ignored all the permutations since his team fought their way back into contention with a run of nine wins in 10 matches. He says it is still Mersey and Newcastle’s to lose: “You always want to control your own destiny. We have been on both sides of the coin when we lost it last year. It’s all about consistency at this stage of the season.”

Lyons has been pleased with how his team pick each other up when things aren’t going their way. On Sunday Sharks fought back from a poor first half to beat MK Lions:

“We did a good job in the second half after they dictated and controlled first half. They keyed on stopping Paul Williams, but that’s the beauty of our team we have other guys who can step up.”