Basketball: Sharks big men targeted by cup foes Wildcats

Patrick Horstmann of Sheffield Sharks. Pic: Dean Woolley.
Patrick Horstmann of Sheffield Sharks. Pic: Dean Woolley.
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Durham Wildcats have vowed to shut down the Sharks big men ahead of tonight’s BBL Cup quarter-final at the EIS (7.30pm).

The Wildcats have already been beaten 81-67 in Sheffield on October 25 in the BBL Championship and the visitors’ coach Lee Davie is ready to make adjustments to turn the tables.

“Sheffield have a very experienced and successful core group of guys that bring a lot to their team,” Davie said.

“We need to shrink the floor defensively making it difficult for the guards to get in the lane and post entry passes to Mike Tuck, Patrick Horstmann and Da’Quan Cook.

“Offensively we had one of our worst games of the year against them last time around.

“We’ve made some changes and we’ll see what they bring tonight.”

The Sharks are looking to rebound from a poor performance last Friday at London Lions. Sheffield lost 78-55 and were out-fought as much as out-played.

Coach Atiba Lyons said: “We are still a pretty young team and mentally it showed with how we started the game and responded to Lions’ intensity.

“Our mental toughness needs to improve and we cannot be as inconsistent in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Leeds Carnegie will join the BBL next season to form a Yorkshire rivalry with the Sharks.

Andy Webb, BBL Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are pleased to welcome Leeds Carnegie to the BBL. Their addition will take our roster to 15 clubs for next season and will give us a second club in Yorkshire.”