Basketball: Sharks will be in the zone against BBL new boys Knights

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Atiba Lyons wants the Sharks to show him they can be a force offensively as well as on defence.

The Sharks coach has been working with his players all week on ways of overcoming their poor offensive performance last weekend at Leicester when they become the first team to visit BBL new boys Birmingham Knights tonight.

Lyons said: “We’ve been putting some things into practice this week.

“It was a tough loss to take at Leicester and I may have overestimated how good we are against a zone so we’ve given that a lot of time.”

Birmingham will be playing their second match of the weekend after last night’s defeat at Newcastle Eagles.

The West Midlands club are likely to find their first season in the BBL to be a tough experience but Lyons isn’t underestimating his hosts this evening.

“I know they’ve got some talented players who are good shooters,” he said.

“It’ll be their first game so they’ll be looking for a positive start. I’m looking for us to improve offensively and put into practice some of things we’ve been working on.”

The Sharks are still waiting on the arrival of point guard BJ Holmes from America.

Meanwhile Doncaster Danum Eagles have revealed ambitious plans to apply for a British Basketball League (BBL) franchise.

The club plan to join the men’s National League for the first time next year - ending a period of almost two decades since the town last hosted elite level senior basketball.

Eagles, who are currently based at Danum School, have already held talks with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust about playing out of the Dome.

Eagles head coach Bob Martin said: “Birmingham have done it.

Their council really got behind them and they’re back in the BBL.”