Sheffield Sharks: Shark Bridge expecting a Cat fight against Durham

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SHARKS forward Andrew Bridge is expecting a tough match tonight at the EIS (7.30pm) against a rejuvenated Durham Wildcats.

The north-east club have found their feet in the BBL in 2013 after joining the sport’s top-flight last season.

After a difficult first campaign the Wildcats are one of four clubs - including the Sharks - locked on 14 points aiming for a play-off position.

They have won three of their last four matches and Bridge says they’ll be difficult to get the better of.

He said: “It’ll be a tough game, they’re playing really well with some big wins and are beating teams around them. Any team who wins in Plymouth isn’t a bad side, and even though we’ve beaten them twice we can’t read anything into that.

“They’re clearly playing better and we need to prepare for the game and try to keep the score down, they’re scoring up in the 90s and we can’t get into that kind of running game.”

Bridge sees Wildcats’ guard Ralph Bucci as their key player: “Ralph’s a great player and I was a bit surprised how long it took him to get into their system.

“I’ve known him a long time, and to get clubs to pay you for eight years in Greece shows what a good player he is. I thought he’d play better last year, but since November he’s been playing really well with triple doubles for fun.

“We won’t be able to stop him but we need to limit his rebounds and control his as best as we can.”

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