Victory against Rocks is key to Sheffield Sharks taking the fifth

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SHEFFIELD Sharks can help their faint hopes of finishing fifth with victory tonight over Glasgow Rocks at the EIS.

Attention has already firmly turned to the Play-offs, but ending the regular season in the top half of the BBL table would represent a decent end to a year beset with roster and finance problems for the club.

Glasgow currently occupy fifth with Sharks in sixth and it is likely that the Scottish side will lock up that berth before the season closes.

A Sharks win would keep the race alive and it would give them their first back-to-back triumphs since February after they came out on top against Durham last week.

That result confirmed Sharks’ place in the post-season.

Point guard Ryan Patton said: “It was good to get back to winning ways, and we’re going in the right direction.

“This Friday is a huge game for us, Sterling Davis is a great coach and always signs good players that play hard.

“They have some good offensive players in [Mychal] Green and EJ [Harrison] and they’ll be tough. But once again, we need to take care of our home court.”

Great Britain guard Nate Reinking returned to the Sharks’ line-up against Durham after missing two months through a knee injury.

Patton was delighted to see his team-mate back in action: “He played sparingly, bit he’s getting back into it and it’s great to see him back on the court.

“When me, Jimmy [Langhurst] and Nate are on the court it’s a fast line-up for us.

“He’s back at the right time for the play-offs and it’s always good to have a player of his calibre on your side.”

Sharks lost on both of their visits to Glasgow this season, 82-64 in November and 72-64 the following month.