Sharks coach completes season's signings

Three weeks into the season and Sheffield Sharks have finally filled the remaining place on their roster.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 8:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 2:32 pm

And while it may not have been a perfect start to the campaign off the court, on it Sharks have been irresistible.

With the arrival of another point-guard with the surname Virgil, this time Anthony to join with older brother Alto, unbeaten Sharks will go into tomorrow's home match at the EIS against BBL new boys London Capital at full strength looking for their fourth straight win.

Anthony Virgil will go straight into Sheffield's rotation and could replace Alto for much of the match if the latter continues to struggle with shin splints according to coach Peter Scantlebury.

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"He may start or he may not," he said. "What he certainly does bring to us is give me a bit more flexibility with the guards. He can play point and Alto can play two or he can play two as well and alternate with Justice Graham.

"Defensively he looks very good and will help in pressuring the opposition guards. We're fully complete as a squad now and we're working very hard at both ends of the court to get to where we need to be."

The 6ft Virgil joins Sharks straight from Kean University in New Jersey where he averaged 17-points in his final season.

His first test will be up against former North Carolina guard Wes Miller who took the BBL by storm on the opening weekend of the season scoring 47-points in a losing effort against MK Lions.

Capital have lost both their matches so far, but Scantlebury says his team won't underestimate them. "At this stage of the season the guys just want to play. Most of our players are new to the league as well so they don't care who they play."