SHEFFIELD SHARKS: New signings give Lyons hope of improvement

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SHEFFIELD Sharks fans are set to see the best of Demetrius Jemison thanks to the signing of new point guard BJ Holmes.

That’s the opinion of coach Atiba Lyons as he prepares his team for a double-header weekend against Mersey Tigers tonight (7.30pm) at the EIS and then away at Leicester Riders in the second leg of the BBL Cup semi-final.

Jemison and Holmes have only combined in one match since the latter arrived in Sheffield just before the first leg against the Riders but there were already signs that it could be a fruitful partnership. Holmes’ crisp passing and Jemison’s growing comfort with the Sharks system saw him score 16 points and pull down six rebounds in the 90-70 defeat.

Lyons said it could be a sign of things to come: “BJ likes to share the ball and is a true point guard. Demetrius is ahead of him at the moment with getting familiar with us because he’s been here longer.

“There’s still lots of ways that we can improve.”

Jemison is set to return to the Sharks line up tonight after sitting out last Sunday’s win at Durham Wildcats because of a suspension.

Shooting guard Micah Williams could also be fit after missing the Durham match with a hip injury.

The American, who is the only ‘permit’ signing remaining from the three who arrived at the club in the summer, had played through the pain against Leicester 48 hours before the trip to the north-east.

While Sharks match at Leicester tomorrow will be played at the John Sandford Centre, which is part of DeMontford University, their league fixture on Sunday, February 10 (4pm) will take place at Loughborough University.