Sharks seek double to stay in hunt

Warning: Ryan Patton
Warning: Ryan Patton
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It’s another busy weekend for Sheffield Sharks with hopes they can overcome their recent win-one-lose-one streak.

Playing back-to-back matches, or games within a couple of days of each other, is becoming the norm as Shefield head into the regular season’s final six weeks of action.

Confidence boosting victories have been immediately followed by scrappy defeats for the last two weekends, which leave the One Health sponsored-Sharks as title outsiders.

Leicester Riders are first up tonight at the EIS and then on Sunday Sheffield travel to MK Lions.

Both clubs have been in good form with Riders already having one victory to their name over Sharks.

Sharks point guard Ryan Patton knows how dangerous the Riders can be, particularly with the sharp-shooting backcourt duo of JR Blount and Ryan Zamroz putting up big numbers:

“We know all about Riders, they’re well coached and have a couple of good guards in Blount and Zamroz, and they’re another good team who’ve started to play well together.

“We need to come out and play, because we have to take care of our home court.”

Riders beat Sharks 89-85 in the East Midlands last month. They suffered at the hands of former player James Whyte, who was making his debut for Leicester.

Rob Paternostro, Leicester’s head coach and a great admirer of the Sharks team, said it will be even tougher for his side at the EIS:

“Sheffield is certainly a tough place to get a win. They have a very dangerous team with many players that can beat you in many different ways.

“We will have to limit our turnovers because they are a team that can punish you for your mistakes.”

On Sunday Sharks travel to MK Lions with the Riders in Sheffield again a week on Friday.