Sharks must do better against Eagles

The Sharks put pressure on the visitors hoop
The Sharks put pressure on the visitors hoop
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Still smarting from Friday’s 67-86 defeat by the Eagles at the EIS, Sheffield will travel to the north-east this Friday hoping they can show more resolve than they did in their first loss of the new campaign.

The Eagles seemed quicker, more aggressive and more cohesive as a team against Sheffield as they dominated from tip-to-buzzer.

Lyons thought Newcastle didn’t offer anything different to their usual performance but his team have to be better at dealing with it.

He said: “It was exactly what we expected from them. They played how we thought they would play.

“Our team is still very new, we’re still getting together and finding out about ourselves. We didn’t execute like we should.

“We were getting the good looks at the basket, but not knocking them down.

“This is what can happen when you’re not ready to play. We need to improve everything when we go up there.”

Sharks were hampered by early foul trouble to point-guard Jimmy Langhurst. It was the 23-year-old American’s first taste of a match between the two powerhouse clubs of British basketball and he struggled to display his excellent early season form.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Raiders may be in trouble with the British Basketball League after their mascot ‘Foxy’ pulled the shorts down of a rival player during their Trophy match with Guildford on Saturday night.

Martelle McLemore was the unfortunate recipient of the prank, which could land Raiders in hot water.

Plymouth went on to win the match and book their place in the Trophy semi-finals alongside the Sharks, the Eagles and either Leicester Riders or MK Lions.