Nate grateful for lucky roll

On the up: Nate Reinking says Sharks are learning. PICTURE: MPHOTOGRAPHY
On the up: Nate Reinking says Sharks are learning. PICTURE: MPHOTOGRAPHY
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sheffield Sharks shooting guard Nate Reinking is thanking the roll of the ball for ending his team’s losing streak.

The veteran American, who holds a British passport and is a key part of Chris Finch’s Great Britain squad, scored the match-winning basket against Worcester Wolves last Friday which gave Sharks their first win in six games.

He said the victory was welcome but didn’t hide the need for improvements: “There was a lot of relief (with the win). You can’t read too much into it because I don’t know how the ball dropped in.

“If it stays on the other side of the hoop we’re looking at a six-match run and everything’s a lot different. Everything becomes a lot more enjoyable when you win - training’s better, playing is more fun. We’re still learning. We’re still a brand new team, only a few of the guys have played with each other before. It might take a while and we haven’t been able to finish off games.”

Reinking, aged 38, is in his second spell with the Sharks after spending six season with club from 1999 to 2005. He followed his mentor Finch to Belgium before returning to British basketball with the Mersey Tigers last year.

While Tigers were successful on the court, winning three of the four trophies on offer (Sharks won the BBL Cup beating Mersey in the final), they were unable to keep their star players due to finance issues.

Returning to Sheffield, where he is studying for a Masters degree, has been an enjoyable experience, he said: “It’s good to be back. I know a lot of people here and I’m beginning to find my way around again.

“Sheffield is an established franchise, we have to find ways of making ourselves better.”