Basketball: Atiba Lyons slams ‘arrogant, lacklustre’ Sheffield Sharks after Glasgow defeat but says they’ll bounce back

Sheffield Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons said his side displayed arrogance and complacency against Glasgow Rocks

Sheffield Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons said his side displayed arrogance and complacency against Glasgow Rocks

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DBL Sharks Sheffield head coach Atiba Lyons was disappointed by a ‘lacklustre’ performance after his side went down 55-84 to Glasgow Rocks - but talked up his team’s ability to bounce back during 2016/17.

The Sharks couldn’t get going against a sharp-looking Rocks side, and registered their second-lowest points total of the season in a largely forgettable performance.

And Lyons insists that while his team will come out firing in their next game against league leaders Leicester Riders, they must stamp out the arrogance and complacency which crept in against Glasgow.

“It was a lacklustre performance from the guys, very disappointing,” said Lyons.

“Glasgow had been on a bad run and were trying to come back from losing a couple of games.

“We played like a team that had no chance of making the play-offs. The loss against us a few weeks ago was the start of Glasgow’s slide and they were always going to use that.

“We’ve won some tough games so it was just complacency, arrogance, all of that mixed in the pot - and that’s the performance you get.

“At the end of the day, a loss is a loss and we can’t get it back.”

Glasgow pulled out a commanding 2-15 lead early on against the Sharks, and Lyons lamented another slow Sheffield start.

“Slow starts have been a bad aspect of us so far,” said Lyons.

“But I think one thing we’ve shown as a group is that they’re good at bouncing back after a loss so we’ve got to take that from history.

“We’ve just got to go out there and come out fighting and show the heart that we lacked against Glasgow.”

Captain Mike Tuck added: “Credit to Glasgow as they came out fast, they obviously took that loss a couple of weeks ago to heart.

“Last couple of games we’ve been slow out the gate, so that’s something we’ve just got to work better on in practice and get better at. We can’t let that become a habit.

“We’re a better team than what we showed tonight and we have to do better.”

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