Sharks’ Williams is ‘the best’ says Patton

Key man: Paul Williams
Key man: Paul Williams
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Sharks guard Ryan Patton says Paul Williams is the best big man in the BBL.

With the Play-off final just 48 hours away the Sharks need both Patton and Williams in top form if they are to beat league and Trophy winners Mersey Tigers at the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday.

Patton, in his second season at the club, has formed an excellent partnership with Steve Dagostino in the One Health sponsored-Sharks backcourt. But the American says it is centre Williams who holds the key to success:

He said: “He is the best big man in the league. It is tough because gets double and triple teamed but he passes the ball so well.

“We couldn’t ask for a better big man on our team. We love having him. He goes through a lot and takes a lot of contact but he stands strong and just gets it done.”

Williams scored seven points in a crucial 15-1 run during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s semi-final against Newcastle Eagles.

It completed a remarkable comeback from 15 points down earlier in the match. Patton said: “As a team all season we believe in each other. When our backs are against the wall we play our best. They were both good wins.”

Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto is an admirer of the Sharks. He said: “I’ve said all along that they’re super-talented. “They showed that against Newcastle last Sunday, Eagles could have won eight out of ten games against them if they were at full strength, but if Sharks are let off the leash they have the potential to be the best offensive team in the country.

“At times Olu Babalola is unstoppable. We need to play like we did in the two league games we won against them, not like we did in the Cup final.”