Sheffield Sharks target capital punishment

Sheffield Sharks will be seeking revenge in the BBL Championship tonight (7.30pm) as they prepare to face London Lions at the EIS.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 10:15 pm
Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck scores with the layup against Glasgow Rocks. Picture: Andrew Roe

After a road trip that yielded mixed results, Sharks will be looking to get back to winning ways at home as the BBL Championship reaches it’s final stretch.

The sides last met in London on February 5 at the start of Sheffield’s road trip. London came out victorious by a 90-84 scoreline, signifying the end of Sheffield’s ten game winning streak.

Since that game, both teams have been inconsistent. Lions have won every other game whilst Sharks crashed out of the BBL Trophy and have lost three of their five league games. Sharks’ recent woes were compounded when they suffered a five point loss to Plymouth Raiders and a four point loss to Bristol Flyers.

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Captain Mike Tuck is looking forward to helping his Sharks get back on track as they prepare to play their first home league game in weeks. “It was a very tough weekend for us but it’s not the end of the world” Tuck said. “We just need to focus on the bigger picture.

“We weren’t playing our best defence, which let both teams hurt us. Offensively we’re getting to that point in the season where teams have everyone scouted. Plymouth did a great job of knocking us out of our rhythm. London are a deep team full of high-energy guys.

“Obviously they have a few former Sharks, so I’m sure they will be up for a game in Sheffield.”

Lions forward Joe Ikhinmwin believes that his side will be confident going into the fixture after pushing the almost untouchable Newcastle Eagles all the way last weekend. “The best way to come out of Sheffield with a win on this occasion is by taking away or limiting their first option on offence and putting other players in positions they may not be as comfortable with” Ikhinmwin said. “Mix that with us being the aggressors on offence and I feel we would have a great opportunity to take this victory.”