Lyons tips better things from Sharks and Scorchers

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DBL Sharks Sheffield head coach Atiba Lyons expects an improvement from his Sharks side when they meet Surrey Scorchers for the second time this season tonight.

The Sharks suffered an 81-78 home defeat to Surrey in September’s season opener, a loss which turned out to be a shot in the arm for Lyons’ side, who have recorded five successive wins since.

Lyons feels both the Sharks and Surrey will demonstrate the improvements made since that opening game.

“I think we’re a much-improved team and I’m sure they feel the same way,” said Lyons ahead of the home clash.

“The first game, you’re kind of just figuring it out as a team and as a coach, and I think both teams have been through their battles and won some good games.

“I think it’ll be a good match. They’re talented and have got a lot of depth of guards, so it’s going to be good.”

Lyons and Sharks captain Mike Tuck were impressed with the Sharks’ latest win, at home to London Lions last weekend, but the coach again emphasised the room for improvement.

“It wasn’t perfect by any means,” said Lyons.

“But the effort we made covered a few gaps - where in previous games we would have given away a few easy points.

“We scrambled really well together as a team and that really helped us get into the groove offensively and helped us keep the pressure on.”