Fresh confidence lifts Sharks play-offs hopes

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SHEFFIELD Sharks point guard Ryan Patton has spoken about how the confidence is flowing through the players at the club.

Since the American returned to the Sharks they have put together back-to-back wins for the first time this year and head into tonight’s match with Mersey Tigers and tomorrow’s visit to Leicester Riders hoping to keep their run going. The experienced Patton is also acting as a role model to young talents Zach Gachette and Colin Sing. He said he was impressed with the pair against MK Lions last week.

“When you’re playing with confidence you can do no wrong,” he said. “You get Zach going like that and you can do anything. Get a few jumpers and he’s in the groove and he’s getting rebounds and steals, it’s good.

“Colin was under the weather and so you’ve got to give him credit because he did great. He got some big rebounds. Those two guys, the sky’s the limit for them. They’re young and hungry.”

Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons told The Star this week about his hopes for the play-offs, a view echoed by his floor leader.

Patton said: “Our goal is to get a decent seed in the play-offs and then anything can happen. When we get Nate Reinking back it will be a pleasure to play with him. You’re talking about an excellent talent whose name speaks for itself. His numbers don’t lie.

“Getting in the lane and feeding to him and Jimmy (Langhurst) will make my job a lot easier.

“I’ve always been a scoring point guard but I look at the stats sheet and I love to see the assists. I get going if I can get other people going. If they’re rolling then you take advantage.”