Sharks won’t ease up at bottom club

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Sharks point-guard Ryan Patton says he won’t taking anything for granted against BBL basement club Essex Pirates tomorrow.

Four consecutive wins have put the Sharks back in the hunt for the league title. And a fifth should be straightforward at an Essex team, which has won just once this season. Despite their lowly position, Patton will give the young Pirates team the utmost respect. He said: “They’re an organised and well coached team who play hard every time. We have to be focussed and stick to the game-plan. We’re on a good run and we want to keep that going. It was a good weekend last week; the second in succession for us. It was a tough road win in Guildford us and another good display. Adrian Anderson hasn’t played much because he’s been unwell, but he stepped up and hit the big free-throws. But we played well as a team, and when that happens, we win games.”

Patton is still aiming to lift the regular season title, despite the Sharks having two more losses than joint leaders Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles – the Eagles also hold the head-to-head record between the teams.

The one veteran in the Essex line-up, Ronnie Baker, says it will be tough for his team to break their losing streak against Sheffield: “We’re hanging in there, and it will be another tough game. We have to come together as a unit and compete properly. The coaches are working hard, but it’s tough. I’m not used to losing so many games.”