SHEFFIELD SHARKS: Lyons expecting more from Tuck and Babalola

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SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is demanding more from his experienced players as the club looks to win its first match of the season.

Sharks have the weekend off after moving their fixture against Leicester Riders to the opening night of the campaign in mid-September.

It will give Lyons the opportunity to work with his players for the best part of two weeks before their next match against Cheshire Jets in the first round of the BBL Cup on Friday, October 12.

After three defeats to start the season Lyons said he is disappointed so far with the contributions of forwards Mike Tuck and Olu Babalola.

The pair haven’t been helped by the lack of another big man under the basket but Lyons said it’s time for their form to improve.

“(Mike) Tuck has had two games with too many fouls. He’s key for us and we can’t afford for that to happen,” he told The Star.

“Olu (Babalola) needs to get in the groove and get some rhythm.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the leadership both have shown so far. I need them to show some more.”

Help could be at hand as Lyons revealed he’s in talks with an American forward to fill the club’s final overseas roster spot. He also said the week’s break between matches will help gel the team, which has lost their first three games by double-digits.

“It has been a tough start. I’m hoping we can make a signing by next week, which will help because we’ve been beaten on the boards.

“Each of our losses have been down to different errors that we need to tighten up.

“It’ll be good to work on drills and fundamentals this week because we’re still a new team with several players new to the league.”