Sharks looking good says Tuck

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POWER forward Mike Tuck says there is no need to worry about the Sharks ahead of tonight’s BBL Cup quarter-final match with Plymouth Raiders at the EIS.

Two defeats against title favourites Newcastle Eagles in the past fortnight have taken the shine off a start to the season, which saw Sheffield win five consecutive matches.

However, 6’7” Canadian Tuck insists spirits are high within the squad.

He said: “I think we’ve had a great beginning to the season. We won five in a row and we’ve probably just had the best week’s training all year.

“Spirit is good and training is going well. Newcastle beat us well in the first match but we responded at their place and should have won.”

Plymouth are one of the in-form teams of the BBL having qualified for the Trophy semi-finals alongside Sharks, Eagles and MK Lions.

With former Shark Paul Williams at centre, BBL MVP Jeremy Bell at point-guard and the sharp-shooting James Jones in their team, Tuck says the visitors from Devon will pose a stern test.

“Paul’s a good player, we’ll have to give him some tough defence to get him off the ball and Jones is a great shooter.

“The best thing about Plymouth is that we know a lot of their players on their roster.”

Raiders coach Gavin Love said Sheffield will be an equally difficult opponent for his team: “The Sharks are always a tough team and I’m sure that will be the case this season and with the addition of Nate Reinking you know it will be a challenge, but one we are looking forward to.”

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