DBL Sharks Sheffield head coach Atiba Lyons felt his side showed glimpses of their potential in Friday’s win over Leeds Force at EIS Sheffield - but that there’s room for improvement for his growing side.
Sharks eased past their Yorkshire rivals 98-71, yet went into the first break behind, with the eventual win not being quite as comfortable as it might have been - something coach Lyons was keen to stress to his players.
“I thought the energy was really high - it was a good all-round effort,” said Lyons, pictured.
“We did have miscommunication at times but again we were able to work it out, and that’s something we were aiming to improve. It’s not something that’s tangible on-court unless it goes wrong.
“I definitely think we faltered at the end of the first half and let them get a bit of momentum and cut the lead back to 10 points, so I just told them at half time that we can’t leave the door open or you’re going to give yourself a lot of problems down the stretch.
Lyons was also full of praise for Zach Gachette and Tony Wroblicky, both of whom returned to the Sharks roster this season.
“Zach’s been a consistent performer in pre-season and in the first few games, he’s really settled in and is enjoying the leadership and seniority role he has now.
“He’s thriving in it. Since he came back from London he’s been a whole new player and I’m happy to see how he’s matured. I’m proud of what he’s doing and I’m hoping it can continue.
“Tony was a real workhorse today - he let Rob (Marsden) and (Mike) Tuck take the night off because he got all the rebounds. He’s a very talented big man and once he gets going he has a nice soft touch and he worked really hard against Leeds.”