Basketball: ‘Superhuman’ display is needed, says Sharks guard ahead of big O2 final

Sheffield Sharks' Jerrold Brooks in action against Manchester Giants. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Jerrold Brooks in action against Manchester Giants. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield Sharks’ leading light Jerrold Brooks reckons that the BBL Play Offs will be the toughest game yet between season champions Leicester Riders and the Sharks this weekend.

The two clubs will meet for the seventh time in the ultimate fixture of the year, in what will prove to be the biggest battle so far between the long standing rivals.

But Brooks, team of the year guard in both Sharks’ and the Molten team of the year, insists that there will be nothing left in the locker room when they step on to the floor at the O2.

“The fact is both teams deserve to be there, we are both competitive and we both want to win it,” Brooks said.

“We had a lot of different results against Leicester and we had injuries but none of that matters, the slate is clean and we have to bring everything we have got to be the champions.”

The training camp at the Sharks has been focused, with the entire team brought in to receive treatment and recovery in preparation for the weekend.

“The team are focused, and we know we are the underdogs here,” Brooks added.

“Leicester have a great squad and they already have two trophies, so they have the big stage experience and they know what to expect.

“For us, we have nothing to lose - but we have to dig deep and play with every bit of heart and make it a game that we will all remember.”

The Sharks’ fitness continues to be hampered by the absence of Colin Sing and Patrick Horstmann. Sing will undergo surgery for the second time on a shoulder injury and will not return to the line-up until the new season.

“Having two less big men against the Riders is a big miss, especially as they are so big as a squad and I’m sure they will try to capitalise on that,” said Brooks. “But to be honest we have adjusted as well as possible we just need a superhuman performance from the guys we have left.”