SHEFFIELD SHARKS: Mixed start for new Americans

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SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has praised point guard Gage Daye but says fellow American Micah Williams still has plenty of room for improvement.

The pair were brought in during the summer to replace last season’s backcourt combination of Jimmy Langhurst, Ryan Patton and Great Britain Olympian Nate Reinking.

Williams missed Sharks first match of the season against Leicester Riders due to issues with his player registration documents being delayed from his time in Japan last year, but he has played in Sheffield’s last two games.

Daye has been available from the opening night and has been one of the bright spots in Sharks lacklustre start to the campaign, which has yielded three defeats - all by double-digits - and no wins.

With a weekend off the Sharks have had time to regroup ready for their return to action against Surrey Heat in Guildford on Sunday.

The Heat are one of the teams to beat Sheffield this season - an 81-68 victory at the EIS a week last Sunday.

Daye top scored for Sharks with 16 points in that loss and Lyons said he has been pleased with what he has seen so far: “Gage has had a good start. He’s one of the guys who have done well. He looks like he can score and is getting better each game.

“Micah (Williams) hasn’t played at the level I’m expecting yet. But he’s a good shooter and there’s more to offer.”

While the backcourt is still finding its feet, Lyons has pin-pointed problems with rebounding as the main cause for the winless beginning to the season.

“We’ve been punished with not getting the boards,” he said. “Offensive rebounds against bigger teams have hurt us. Sometimes it just takes longer to gel. We’ve a lot of new guys on the team.”