SHEFFIELD Sharks are hoping to end a run of three defeats in a row on Sunday when they make the long journey north to face Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship.
Sharks saw their domination of the BBL Cup end last week with a home loss against Plymouth Raiders. The result hurt even more because it was former player Paul Williams who delivered the killer blow with a buzzer-beating basket.
Captain Adrian Anderson was disappointed with the Raiders scoreline but thinks his teammates will respond positively in Scotland: “It’s a shame we’re no longer in a position to retain the Cup, but I remain confident we can bounce back.
“We had the opportunity to beat Plymouth, and we could have won at Newcastle. It’s just a case of learning from the losses, doing the little things and playing with a killer instinct.
“We need to limit teams to one shot, and play tough defence, if we do that we’ll start to win games against.
“We had a target on our back as Cup holders, and everyone wants to beat the Sharks. There’s some bruised pride here at the moment and Atiba (Lyons - Sharks’ coach) doesn’t like losing. We need some intense practice and to learn from our mistakes or we won’t move forward.”
Anderson is ready to face the Rocks: “I don’t that much about their team, but we know that Sterling (Davis - Rocks’ coach) recruits really well and in EJ (Harrison) they have a really experience guard who can score and lead his team.
“They’ll be ready for us, and they’ll know that we’ve had some slip-ups recently and will want to take advantage of that.”
Rocks go into the game on the back of a defeat at Cheshire Jets while Davis expects a tough game against the Sharks: “They have got a wealth of experience on the team which is a priceless attribute.
“I think Nate (Reinking) will be key for us. He is a tough match-up for anyone right now.”
Davis was disappointed with the loss against Jets: “We got off to a very slow start which turned into trying to dig ourselves out of a whole.
The two sides met seven times last season, with Sharks dominating the series. Atiba Lyons’ team won the two BBL Trophy match-ups between the sides and then completed a three-game sweep in regular season BBL Championship match-ups.
They met again in the play-off quarter-finals. Rocks won 83-68 in Sheffield in the first leg, only for Sharks to produce a stunning 94-73 victory in Glasgow to progress to the semi-final.