Basketball: Small is beautiful for on song Sharks

BJ Holmes on the ball for the Sharks against Worcester
BJ Holmes on the ball for the Sharks against Worcester
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Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is encouraging his team to concentrate on the “small things” to maintain their good start to the season.

Sheffield are tied at the top of the BBL Championship alongside last year’s champions Leicester Riders after eight matches.

Both clubs had comfortable victories over the weekend - Sharks beat Worcester 83-64 and Leicester beat Cheshire 82-71 - and are top by virtue of having lost a game fewer than Worcester.

Lyons said it’s vital his team keeps its focus on doing things the right way: “We’ve had a great start but it’s a long season. We have the talent to do some special things but teams will get better and teams will make changes.

“We need to make sure we’re ready for that.

“And more importantly do the small things. If we don’t do that we’ll get beat.”

Sharks recovered from losing skipper Mike Tuck to foul trouble in the first half to easily see off the Wolves.

Lyons said: “We’re a very resourceful type of team. The guys are doing a good job of finishing and scoring from different positions.

“Hopefully we can keep on improving from this.”