SHEFFIELD Sharks skipper Adrian Anderson is calling on his team to ‘stick to the plan’ tomorrow night at title favourites Newcastle Eagles.
The Eagles beat Sharks last Friday at the EIS in a one-sided 86-67 romp to end Sheffield five-match unbeaten start to the season.
Veteran Anderson couldn’t hide his disappointment with the result, and is hopeful that his team can play much better this week: “Newcastle came in and played well. They were well prepared on offence, and they played hard as a team whereas we didn’t.
“We need to stick to our game plan, play effective defence and run our offences properly. I hope we can bounce back after losing like that on our home court, and hopefully it will inspire our guys to look at their individual performances and aim to do better. We need the pride and integrity to get back on track.”
Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy said he doesn’t expect a straightforward contest tomorrow at Sport Central in Newcastle: “For Sharks, Nate (Reinking) worked really hard throughout the game to get open, he is a really tough cover, and Justin Dobbins and Mike Tuck hurt us a little on the offensive glass.”
“We need more of the same really. Tempo is really important for us with a short roster. We do need to pull down a few more defensive rebounds in traffic.
“It does make a difference playing a team twice in a week because we are now looking at which adjustments we can make to improve. We know they are going to come out far stronger this week and I am sure they will be watching the tape carefully as well.”
Eagles are expected to have forward Charles Smith available after injury.