Sharks have outside chance of becoming champs

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Stay focused is the message from Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons as his team edges closer to the BBL Championship title.

With Newcastle Eagles and Mersey Tigers both losing this week the Sharks have just one more defeat on their record than their nearest rivals.

Tigers were shocked on Wednesday by a buzzer beater at Leicester Riders, which took the gloss off their earlier win against Newcastle. Sheffield are still outsiders to overtake the pair, but they’re in form at the moment and still have three matches to play against Mersey.

Newcastle remain favourites, with the easiest run in. Lyons is more worried about his own team, though. He said: “We can’t slip up. We play Mersey three times so we have to make sure they count for us. Until then we have to take on Glasgow Rocks on Sunday and hopefully we can get ourselves into a good position.

“Glasgow are one of those teams like us who have had some slip ups. Hopefully we’ll have no more. We don’t want to be the team that they turn the corner on. They’re well coached and I’m sure they’ll be ready for us.” Shooting guard Marcus Stout missed the win against MK Lions on Tuesday but should feature in Glasgow. Meanwhile Stout’s backcourt partner Steve Dagostino has been praised by Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis.

He said: “I would have to credit Dagostino and what he has consistently done this season. There have been times he has put them on his back. We have to do a better job of slowing down Dagostino and force someone else to take those shots.”