Anderson optimistic

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SHEFFIELD Sharks begin their quest to win the BBL Cup for the third season in a row tomorrow night with the visit of Plymouth Raiders to the EIS.

Sharks have suffered back-to-back defeats against Newcastle Eagles in the league but club captain Adrian Anderson is confident his team can move through to the last four with a win against the Raiders.

He said: “I’m optimistic. Plymouth are a decent team but I don’t care who we’re playing or where they are in the league, we have to respect every team, every game.

“We need to play hard and smart – because there’s no point playing hard if you make the wrong decisions – for the full 40 minutes.”

Sharks will have to find a way of beating Newcastle if they are to get into the final of the BBL Trophy.

After winning their group and making the semi-finals for the first time since 2006/07, Sheffield have been drawn with the Eagles in the two-legged tie. No dates have been set for the matches.