Sheffield Sharks forward Mike Tuck has hit out at those who doubt the club’s championship credentials.
Tuck, who was named in the BBL team of the week for his performance last Saturday at Worthing, says the Sharks are playing with a chip on the their shoulders - even after winning the BBL Cup.
With one trophy already to their name and sitting just behind the leaders in the league table the One Health sponsored-Sharks have every right to be buoyant ahead of two matches this weekend:
“We’re definitely using it as motivation,” said the 6’8” Canadian power forward.
“No one gave us a chance before the final and people are still writing us off now.
“I think we’ll be playing with a chip on our shoulder for the rest of the season because of it. We’ve got four losses and the top teams have three so we’re right up there and contending.
“We’ve a good stretch of games coming up now with about 14 in two months so we can really make ground.”
After a strong start to the season Tuck’s form dipped before Christmas. However, since he has returned to the sixth man role he filled so well last season both the Sharks and his own personal form have picked up.
Player-coach Atiba Lyons says Tuck and fellow big man Paul Williams set the tone for the rest of the team:
“They make everyone’s life easier. If we get our ‘bigs’ going then it creates space for our shooters on the outside. Paul and Mike have been terrific recently – Paul gets a lot of second chance points and gets his opponent in foul trouble.”
Sharks take on Worcester Wolves on Friday night at the EIS followed by a trip to Leicester Riders on Saturday.
Two wins will close the gap on league leaders Mersey Tigers who are in action tonight at the improving MK Lions.