BASKETBALL: Sheffield Sharks target winning double

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THE BBL regular season ends this weekend with Sheffield Sharks locked in a fight for sixth place.

Victories tonight at the EIS against Plymouth Raiders (7.30pm) and on Sunday at Cheshire Jets would make certain of that position.

However, if they win later but lose at the Jets then they may slip to seventh on head-to-head records between the two clubs. That also depends on Cheshire beating league champions Newcastle Eagles in the north-east tonight.

Given the Sharks’ current form a couple of strong performances will be needed to boost confidence ahead of a first round play-off match with either Worcester Wolves, Plymouth or Leicester Riders.

Sharks point guard Ryan Patton is looking forward to the final weekend of the regular season and stressed the importance of playing well: “It should be a good weekend, we’ve got two tough games – with Cheshire on Sunday as well – and we need to take these games seriously even though we’re already in the play-offs.

“We want to be ready for the post-season and go into the play-offs playing our best basketball.

“Plymouth are a tough team, they’re very deep with a good bench. I played with Paul [Williams] last season and he’s a great big man for them, he passes the ball well and has a good shot.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons offensively and they’re always difficult to play against.”

Plymouth have won all three meetings between the teams this season.

In November Williams scored a buzzer beater to knock Sharks out of the BBL Cup at the EIS.

And Sheffield lost twice in Devon in the league.