SHEFFIELD Sharks won’t be taking British Basketball League whipping boys Mersey Tigers lightly when they visit them on Friday night.
The Tigers haven’t won a match all season and were dumped out of the BBL Trophy at the weekend by Worthing Thunder, who are bottom of the National League - standard of basketball supposedly lower than the BBL.
However, Sharks coach Atiba Lyons says he will resist the temptation to rest senior players or to try different systems when the teams meet at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park.
He told The Star: “We’re not going to try and re-invent the wheel there.
“Our main aim is get more consistent in our play. That’s been our problem this season - consistency.
“I want us to do the things we do well for all the match not just part of it.”
On their last visit to Merseyside the Sharks came away 94-67 winners, a result that was far less comfortable than the scoreline may suggest.
Late in the second quarter the Tigers held a 42-24 lead before Sheffield reeled off a 13-0 run before half time to set themselves up for an emphatic looking victory.
Sharks again scored 94 points when the Tigers visited the English Institute of Sport in December. Tigers had improved offensive performance themselves as they hit 74.
That victory was the middle of a three-game streak for Sheffield, which has been part of four wins from six Championship matches.
The two defeats - at Cheshire Phoenix and Surrey Heat - were by a combined total of three points, so Sheffield seemed to have turned a corner after early season struggles.
Sharks’ BBL Trophy quarter-final clash with Glasgow Rocks has been set for Sunday, January 20 at the English Institute of Sport.
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