Sheffield Sharks moving in right direction after sticky start

Young team: Atiba Lyons
Young team: Atiba Lyons
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SHEFFIELD Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons is backing his team’s new found confidence to shoot the club up the BBL Championship.

The Sharks travel to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in the capital to take on London Lions tonight in the league on the back of a good run of form that has seen them reach the semi-finals of the BBL Cup and move to the fringes of the play-offs.

Last Friday’s victory against the winless Mersey Tigers may have come only after trailing by 18 points in the second quarter, but it was a first road win for the Sharks and represented another step in the right direction for Lyons’ team after starting the season with three straight defeats.

Lyons said: “We’re moving in the right direction. We’re still a young team with a lot of guys new to British basketball who are finding their way.

“The Lions are an athletic team who will be a tough challenge but our guys are professional enough to go down there to do a job.”

A win for Sheffield at London - who last season were the Milton Keynes Lions and moved to the capital to play in the Copper Box on the Olympic Park for the 2013/14 campaign - will move them ahead of their opponents and into seventh place in the table.

Key to their success could be the shooting ability of American guard Micah Williams. Lyons says Williams is beginning to show the form he expects of him.

“Micah has been shooting well. I want him to do it from the start of the match, now and not just when we’re behind,” he said.