Sheffield Sharks need leader to respond to Lions mauling

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SHEFFIELD Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is calling on his players to show leadership as they hope to bounce back from last week’s defeat at London Lions.

The Sharks will have had to wait 10 days to take to the court again since throwing away a 14 point lead heading into the final quarter in the capital.

Not only was Lyons frustrated that his team lost the match in such a fashion but it also brought to an end an improved run of form.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Sharks with matches against Plymouth Raiders on Friday at the EIS and then a trip to Worcester Wolves on Saturday night. Both clubs are in the top half of the BBL Championship table while Sharks languish second from bottom after eight games.

Lyons told The Star it is important his players respond in a positive fashion.

He said: “It (the Lions defeat) did knock us a bit. We let a 14 point lead slip in 10 minutes. We didn’t take care of the ball. When they played a press we didn’t have players who wanted the ball.

“We need leaders and to make good decisions.”

It’s going to be a busy end to 2012 for the Sharks with a double-header this weekend followed by two matches in three days next weekend, including the first leg of their BBL Cup semi-final against form team Leicester Riders.

Between now and their final match of the year - on December 30 at Manchester Giants - the Sharks have 10 games.

It’s a stretch that will define whether this season can be salvaged or whether it will go down as one of the most disappointing - results wise - in the club’s history as Sheffield try to develop their young talent in the full glare of professional sport.