DBL Sharks Sheffield: Lyons expected tough test in South West double header

DBL Sharks Sheffield will spend the weekend in the South West with road games against Bristol Flyers and Plymouth Raiders.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 4:40 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:57 am

The Sharks visit Bristol on Saturday after a narrow 57-59 victory earlier in the campaign, before venturing further south to face top-four rivals Plymouth Raiders 24 hours later.

“It’ll be a very challenging weekend for us against two teams playing very well,” said head coach Atiba Lyons.

“They’re both very good home teams and Bristol are really coming to the fore, I’d imagine they’re full of confidence right now having reached the Trophy final, which will also give them something else to focus on.

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“We’ve got to make sure we keep improving and give a good show.”

Lyons feels a weekend off has helped his players following a bruising 58-62 derby win against Leeds last time out.

“It has given us a little more rest,” said Lyons. “Everyone was banged up and a bit hurt still so it’s done us good as we’ve got to make sure we’re in good shape towards the end of the season.

“I think we did really well against Leeds.

“It was a very physical game, and we needed to play a physical game and scrap away because we lost that tough London game before it.

“So it was good to go back out and really come back.

“It was good to win a low-scoring game - we found a way to win, so I took those positives away from it.

“We’ve just got to continue to build that mental toughness and finish games off, and make plays when it’s actually needed.”

The Sharks completed their roster for the season earlier this week with the signing of point guard Max Guercy - a much-needed recruit, according to Lyons.

“Max is the last signing for the season,” said Lyons.

“We had Kellen fall out and Jordan Davis has had a big workload for us lately, so bringing Max in gives us another chance to manage Jordan’s minutes and hopefully have two point guards to really push the tempo.”