SHEFFIELD SHARKS: Tough Rocks won’t budge an inch warns Andrew Bridge

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SHARKS forward Andrew Bridge has praised former Sheffield star Sterling Davis and says he’s still dangerous as player even though he’s Glasgow Rocks’ head coach.

The Sharks take on the Rocks tonight at the EIS (7.30pm) in the first of two matches this weekend hoping to improve on the position in the BBL Championship.

Currently in ninth place a couple of victories should see the Sharks move into the top eight play-off berths. Bridge has a good idea what to expect from the Rocks: “I played against the Rocks when I was with Newcastle, and I know how 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.

“One of the advantages Fab (Flournoy - Newcastle player/coach) had is that he was role player anyway, so there wasn’t much change. He could also put himself at the point (guard) if things weren’t going as he wanted.

“Sterling doesn’t have that option, but he’s done a really good job.”

On Sunday the Sharks travel to Cheshire Phoenix who occupy eight in the league.

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons expects a difficult test in Chester: “Phoenix will be a tough team for us. We have struggled so far this season taking care of the ball and rebounding so that is our focus this game. We need the mindset to limit easy transition points and turnovers for scores.”