Basketball: Cook thinks Sharks have right recipe

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Mike Cook can feel that Sheffield Sharks are beginning to uncover their recipe for success.

Sharks have failed to hit the heights of last season but climbed back into the BBL Play-off positions after halting a six-game slide with victory at Bristol Flyers last time out.

Cook, an MVP in his previous stint in Sheffield, was central to last weekend’s triumph, scoring 28 points while adding six assists and four rebounds - good enough to make the BBL Team of the Week.

He believes Sharks are becoming more and more comfortable as a team, and heading in the right direction.

“We are just getting used to being on the court with each other, guys are trusting each other on both ends of the court, and it’s fun to be a part of, all a part of the process,” said Cook.

“We just have to keep having great weeks of practice and continue to practice good habits on offence and defence, we have the talent so once the chemistry comes together I think this team can win a Championship.”

Such accomplishments, while commonplace in his first BBL tenure, appear some way off at this stage.

But there is no doubting Sharks boast the experience and talent to mount a serious challenge, if they can play to their potential.

And that will be the goal when Plymouth Raiders visit EIS Sheffield on Friday, as Atiba Lyons and his team strive for their perfect system, rather than focusing on any single opponent.

Cook added: “It’s more about us at this point.

“We have to make this push for the Play-offs so our focus has to be on what we are doing from this point on.”