Young Sheffield Sharks side can pick up form and momentum

Sheffield Sharks v Plymouth Raiders. Pic: Sharks Team Photographers
Sheffield Sharks v Plymouth Raiders. Pic: Sharks Team Photographers
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DBL Sharks Sheffield coach Atiba Lyons says his players are optimistic of finding some consistent form.

Sharks claimed their first win last Friday – a 64-78 victory at Worcester Wolves – before slipping to a 66-95 home defeat to Plymouth Raiders on Sunday.

Fresh problems cropped up against the Raiders - one example being the amount of points conceded from turnovers – but Lyons insists it’s all part of the learning curve for a young Sharks side. “We showed two sides of the coin: Friday was a good win but if you break Sunday’s game down, the amount of points we conceded from turnovers was just insurmountable” said Lyons.

“If you take away half those turnovers it’s a better game. The key thing at this time of year is you’re always learning and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

The absence of key men isn’t helping though. “A lot of it is down to injuries,” say Lyons. “Jordan Davis, our primary point guard, is out at the moment and we’ve had new guys come in. It’s just a process. I like this group. They perform well in practice, I’ve never seen anyone drop their heads or lower their shoulders.

“They’re a hard-working bunch and they don’t just sit down and feel sorry for themselves.

“This team understands they have to work to get better.”

Next up are home games against the two teams directly below them in the BBL table, with Manchester Giants visiting tonight before a fixture against Surrey Scorchers away next Friday.

Lyons expects both games to provide a stern test for his young Sharks side.

Lyons said: “It’s hard to tell what will happen this time of year when we’re still getting things together – we’ve had some issues and changes so we’re not taking anyone for granted,” said Lyons.

“We’ve been in this position before. In the past we’ve had seasons when we’ve come out the gate hot, and we’ve had some seasons when we’ve struggled and stumbled and it’s taken us a while to get us going, but we’ve ended it with silverware.

“No matter how much we lost by, we still lost, so it’s not pretty and it hasn’t been great but it’ll get better.”