DESPITE being newcomers to the BBL Sheffield Sharks have ensured that Durham Wildcats won’t be a surprise package tomorrow night in the north-east.
Sharks director of basketball Tim Lewis has seen the Wildcats three times this season and says they will provide a shock or two during their first season at the top level. He said: “They play a different kind of style to every other team in the league. They run of five man motion offence and really shoot the three-point shot.
“They won against Cheshire Jets and had a couple of close losses last weekend against Mersey Tigers and Plymouth Raiders. I think they’re knocking on the door to get another win.”
Lewis, who also coaches the unbeaten Sheffield Hallam University basketball team, which features young Sharks players Colin Sing and Zach Gachette, has experience of leading a new franchise in the BBL after his time with the now defunct Essex Pirates.
He said the Durham programme is different to the one he was involved with in the south-east: “Durham has been an established club for a number of years who already had a strong backroom setup. A lot of the credit has to go to coach Dave Elderkin.
“At Essex we were trying to build up all that side as well as the team. I still believe that if we’d have gone down the road of having three overseas players and put them with the British talent we had we’d have been a top six team.”
Elderkin said he knows what to expect from Sharks: “I’ve seen Sheffield on TV. We know all about Nate (Reinking) and they have other guys who can hit the three. Tim Lewis has seen us play almost as much as I have, there’ll be no surprises for the Sharks.”