Basketball: Sharks prepare with Giants and Lions

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Sheffield Sharks have confirmed two pre-season friendlies next month as they begin their build up to the new British Basketball League campaign.

The Sharks, who are close to tying up a deal for 6’8” forward Da’Quan Cook, will travel to the Amaechi Centre in Manchester on Saturday, September 7 against Manchester Giants and then play a charity match at Eastleigh against London Lions a week later on September 14.

Both matches should provide a good level of competition for the Sharks with the Giants and Lions being fellow BBL clubs.

The Lions will play their home matches at the Copper Box on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park when the new season begins on Friday, September 27. Sharks first visit to the capital will be on Friday, November 15.

Meanwhile, the league has launched its own online television channel - BBL TV. Thirty live matches will be broadcast throughout the season with the first game being Surrey Heat’s visit to Glasgow Rocks on Saturday, October 6.

BBL Commercial Director David Leyden Dunbar said: “BBL TV has been in development for over nine months now and it’s thrilling to finally be able to share this innovation with our audience and fans.”