Sharks prepare for stormy clash with Thunder

Cup joy: Sharks' player coach Atiba Lyons believes the league is wide open.   Picture: Mansoor Ahmed
Cup joy: Sharks' player coach Atiba Lyons believes the league is wide open. Picture: Mansoor Ahmed
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After the excitement of retaining the BBL Cup it has been a week of rest and reflection for the Sharks.

With no match last weekend, it will be 13 days since the jubilation at the NIA in Birmingham when Sharks take to the court at Worthing Thunder on Saturday evening.

Sharks’ near three-week lay-off from BBL Championship action has done their title hopes little harm. With the exception of last season’s champions Newcastle Eagles, the other rivals of One Health sponsored-Sharks have looked capable of dropping points.

Cheshire Jets and Mersey Tigers split their two meetings last weekend and Guildford Heat were beaten at Worcester Wolves. It confirmed player-coach Atiba Lyons’s thinking that the league is wide-open this season.

“It doesn’t matter who you play this year, everyone is beating everyone else. You can look at our match on Saturday and say it’s a good game to come back to but Worthing have a good squad and have added a few players since we last played them.

“Worcester Wolves can get it going; Guildford have a very talented, experienced team; Milton Keynes are up and down and can get wins. You have to be on your game every night.”

Lyons has been pleased to have the break to get over the Cup final hangover. Last year Sharks performed poorly immediately after winning the Cup and he doesn’t want a repeat of that.

“Hopefully the break will do us good,” he said.