Thunder-ous applause for Sharks’ play

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The Sharks are a “great club”, says the coach of their opponents tomorrow night.

Worthing Thunder boss Gary Smith says Sheffield are an example to every other Championship team for the way they approach basketball.

“Sharks are a club with a great basketball history and by winning the BBL Cup final they have kept to that great tradition. They, as a club, have always played great team basketball so it is no surprise that they have continued in that vein.”

Thunder have been one of the disappointments of the season, with just one win from their 16 matches.

Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons has refused to write off Worthing’s chances of an upset on Saturday, though.

Yet Smith knows what Sharks need to do to inflict further misery on his team: “Team defence is a must for the Sharks; they are able to limit teams to one shot. This then helps them to get out on the fast break which ultimately translates into easy baskets.

“Ryan Patton is pretty decent at running the show for Sharks. He’s got a nice long and mid-range arsenal to his game, plus he can dish the ball out to his teammates. That doesn’t bode well for any opponent.

“Their backcourt of Patton and Steve Dagostino are arguably the best in the BBL at this stage of the season. The front court of Olu Babalola, Mike Tuck and Paul Williams are all capable of destroying teams with their offensive prowess.

“But more importantly, their team defence is what has helped them to win as many games as they have. Off the bench they bringing on players like coach Atiba and Adrian Anderson, these are players who bring additional experience and energy.”