Settled Sharks hope to break Rocks

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sheffield Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says a win at Glasgow Rocks tonight would be the perfect way to end 2011.

It’s the second time this season that Sharks have travelled north of the border to take on the hot-shooting Rocks but Lyons insists his team are better prepared than on the last occasion - an 82-64 defeat on November 13.

He said: “The team is more settled now. They know what I want from them and I think we’ll play a lot better. We were mediocre last time up there.

“They’re a good team, they have two or three guys who can shoot the ball well. We have to do a good job and make sure we get our rebounds. That will be key.”

Sharks have been back in training all week with only Lyons and point-guard Jimmy Langhurst returning home to America for Christmas Day.

Lyons says there should be no repeat of last season when in their first game back after the festive period the Sharks received a drubbing on their home court against Newcastle Eagles.

He said: “We’ve had some good days of practice so things like jet-lag will be of no concern. Most of the guys stayed in Sheffield for the break anyway.”

Although Sharks are off the pace at the top of the BBL, Lyons is refusing to write off his team’s chances of the title.

“We’re taking it one match at a time. We can’t do anything about the losses we’ve had now. Newcastle look strong but we’ll keep going for the wins,” he said.