Tuck making most of familiar role

Starter quality: Mike Tuck
Starter quality: Mike Tuck
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moving Mike Tuck back to the bench seems to working for both the Sheffield Sharks and the player.

After a five-match losing streak Sharks have won their last two as they show flickers of the kind of form expected of them this season.

And Canadian Tuck has been a key man in the mini-revival despite beginning the last three games from the bench. As ‘sixth man’ he brings starter like quality to player-coach Atiba Lyons’ first change.

His 20 points and nine rebounds were a major factor in the 93-77 victory at Durham last Saturday and despite just six points in the win over Worcester Wolves a fortnight ago he played 34 minutes, which was second only to Nate Reinking.

Tuck was sixth man during his first season with the Sharks when he arrived mid-way through the 2009/10 campaign.

He again excelled in the role last year when neither Olu Babalola or Steve Dagostino settled into that position. With the One Health sponsored- Sharks ruling out a move for a final import player in the short term, Tuck will continue to see big minutes as Lyons’ most reliable substitute. Sharks should have played at Plymouth Raiders this weekend but the Devon club are in BBL Cup semi-final on Saturday and Sunday against Newcastle Eagles. The match has been re-arranged for Saturday March 10.

Sharks two legged BBL Trophy semi-final against Newcastle has also been scheduled. The first leg is Friday February 3 at the EIS. With the return leg the following Friday in the north-east.