Sheffield Sharks strike ace happy over Cup distraction

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FORWARD Andrew Bridge hopes Sheffield Sharks BBL Cup meeting with Glasgow Rangers at the English Institute of Sport tonight (7.30pm) will provide some welcome relief from their league travails.

The One Health sponsored Sharks slipped to their fifth league loss of the season last Saturday at Worcester Wolves, a result which leaves them second from bottom.

But Atiba Lyons side can forget about their league troubles for one evening as they host Rangers looking to seal a two leg semi-final in the BBL Cup against either London Lions or Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

However, Rocks are favourites to progress to the next round of the tournament, having won the last three clashes between the two franchises.

Bridge, who won the competition with Newcastle Eagles last year, said: “It’s a break from the BBL, and hopefully we can get the win and put ourselves in the semi-finals.

“I played against the Rocks when I was with Newcastle, and I know how their coach Sterling [Davis] likes his team to play. He’s a tough player and his side play the same way with not an inch given.

“I always enjoyed the games against them, and EJ [Harrison] has been a class performer in this country for years, first in Division One and then moving up to the BBL.

“Sterling always plays well, and I think he’s overlooked as a player now that he coaches as well, but in his Brighton and [London] Towers days he was one of the top players in the country.

“The amount of work he has to do as a player-coach will change the way he plays, and he’s become more of a role player over the last few years. Certainly in the last couple of years he’s got the balance right and has improved.”