THE Sharks are set to face a team hell-bent on revenge this Sunday.
MK Lions have twice been on the end of big defeats against Sheffield and they also have Justin Dobbins in their side, who was released by the Sharks last month.
Lions’ coach Mike New is desperate for a win against the Sharks. He said: “Sharks have beaten us twice and by double digits both times.
“JD [former Shark Justin Dobbins] will want to get some personal revenge against our last lost and me and the rest of the team feel the same way.
“They are within our grasp and we must take advantage of this opportunity.
“Jimmy Langhurst and Zach Gachette absolutely destroyed us last game against Sheffield, and we will be having a close eye on these two for sure.
“But Mike Tuck, Ryan Patton and Olu Babalola are all a handful to defend and they’ve all played together for awhile and so their continuity is on a high level.
“But we will be prepared for this must win game as we head into our final eight games.”
Lions are a dangerous team on their home court and will be another test to see if Atiba Lyons’ side have what it takes to win on the road.
The Sharks split last weekend’s games against Mersey Tigers and Plymouth Raiders leaving point guard Ryan Patton with mixed emotions.
He said the Sharks shortened rotation causes problems if calls don’t go their way: “We took care of business at home against Mersey, and it’s always important to defend you’re home court.
“It was a long trip to Plymouth, and it’s tough with only six guys if you get in foul trouble.
“We’re just getting things together, playing hard and looking to make a good run in the play-offs.”
After rejoining Sharks last month following an injury to fellow guard and Ohio-native Nate Reinking, Patton is pleased to be back with Lyons’ team: “It always good to be back playing again, it’s gone well, though we’re just getting to know each other.
“Nate’s working hard on the rehab, there’s no timeframe but it’ll be a lot of fun when he’s back.”