Wolves enter the Shark Tank – Round 20 previewed

A mouth-watering fixture awaits the DBL Sharks Sheffield this Friday as BBL form team, the Worcester Wolves are the visitors to the EIS. Unbeaten in their last three, including a huge win against title-chasing Newcastle, the Wolves appear to have found their feet and currently look to be the team to beat in the Championship. The Sharks will look to build on a convincing and solid win over Manchester Giants last time out and look to seek a measure of revenge for defeat at the hands of the Wolves in the BBL Trophy at the beginning of January.

Worcester’s seventh place in the table with an 8-11 record may be something of a misnomer as they are currently playing a high energy brand of basketball and displaying some deadly accurate shooting prowess. Their 99-68 win over the Sharks in the BBL Trophy appeared to kick-start their season and they seem to be growing stronger game by game. Since then, they have beaten Newcastle by 112-103, London by 100-71 and Surrey by 103-84. One of the men with the hot hand has been Danny Huffor, who poured in 27 against Surrey, 17 against London and 21 against Newcastle to go with the 31 he put past the Sharks. The Wolves success has been built on a solid 9/10 deep roster where the components form a good unit. Andrew Bachman and Trevor Setty, like Huffor, can also be deadly from downtown. Taking care of guard duties are Marek Klassen, who is currently handing out 6.68 assists per game and Ashton Khan, who can upset sides with his slashing ability. Another factor in the turnaround in Worcester’s season has been the acquisition of Maurice Walker. He has become something of a double double machine and averages 21.5 points per game with 10.6 rebounds per game in his 10 match career so far. Walker at centre gains solid support from Jermel Kennedy and Alejandro Navajas in the forward positions. The Wolves will be keen to level the series against the Sharks, being one of the teams around them in the playoff race and an exciting game lays in prospect for the keen spectator.

It was a solid win for the Sharks against Manchester last Friday. The Giants, although currently the bottom side in the league, have offensive firepower that has upset sides in the BBL and that the Sharks limited them to 64 points was an achievement. The Sharks came into the game on the back of a week’s break and the remainder of their season will see three more gameless spells. The view from Sharks forward Kellen Thornton post-Manchester was that this wouldn’t be a problem as there is a healthy degree of competition in practice and it would also allow for a thorough game-by-game focus. Pleasing in the Giants encounter was the three point shooting of Rashawn Rembert, who connected successfully seven times from downtown on his way to 27 points and the form of Thornton himself who posted a 12 point, 11 rebound double double. There were good early minutes for Eddy Brownell and the whole roster got a run out which will be a boon for games to come. Of course the Worcester game represents possibly a greater challenge than Manchester afforded and fresh in the mind will be the trey-fest that the Wolves served up in the televised BBL Trophy defeat. Worcester have since gone on to prove that was no fluke and for certain, Atiba Lyons will be formulating his game plan carefully with this in mind. The one given is that it is sure to be a riveting contest and one that the viewing public should relish.

You packed the EIS last Friday against the Giants and now we’re asking you to do it again. The in-form Worcester Wolves are the visitors to the EIS this Friday night with a 7.30pm tip off. We need those bleachers packed to the rafters and the noise turned up to eleven as Atiba and the guys look to put another notch in the win column. The home page of www.sharksbasketball.org is your port of call for the ticket link to secure your place at a thrilling night of basketball action. The DBL Sharks Sheffield and our SharkNation family – together we can do this!

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