Bite or Fly? The visit of Bristol previewed…

The DBL Sharks Sheffield enter game four of their six game home run by welcoming Bristol Flyers to the EIS this Friday. The Flyers have been a BBL success story since entering the league in 2014, improving year upon year, with the feeling that this is Coach Andreas Kapoulas best roster yet. The Sharks will be looking to build upon their three game winning streak and firmly underline the potential they have displayed to date.

Bristol’s last outing was a 79-82 defeat to Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL Cup, putting them at 1-2 for the season overall. It’s clearly early stages for the side from the South West and one would point to their opening day win over Plymouth by 87-75 as a fairer reflection on what they can achieve. Newcomer Rohndell Goodwin was the standout that day with 26 points and he also put up 16 in the Cup defeat to the ‘Nix. The returning Brandon Boggs poured in 21 points on opening day and the Flyers also welcome back Mike Vigor, Roy Owen and the imposing Daniel Edozie. One very familiar face to the Sharks is point guard Jordan Davis. He made the move south over the summer and to date has been coming off the bench for the Flyers. The Sharks will be well aware of his pass-first, assist-friendly style of play and know the damage he can do by giving his team-mates open looks. Bristol have also added Adam Weary and former Durham Wildcat Panos Mayindombe but it remains to be seen whether Leslee Smith suits up on the night, having yet to take part in any of the Flyers opening three games. Bristol Coach Andreas Kapoulas comes with the reputation of being one of the most organised and highly thought of playcallers in the BBL. Yet again, he has built a side that will be bigger than the sum of its parts and that is likely to cause as much of, if not more than, a threat than fellow South-Westerners Plymouth did last time out.

They still profess to be far from the finished article but the DBL Sharks have extended their winning run out to three games. A case in point is Dirk Williams. He put up his finest display yet in the blue and yellow in the 83-78 win over Plymouth Raiders. Williams set the tone for an electric first ten minutes with a three in the opening seconds and ended with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 vital blocks in an all-action statline. Just one point behind him was the mercurial Chris Alexander, who also caught the eye on defence with the way he shackled the free-scoring Neil Watson last Friday. There were healthy returns off the boards for Mackey McKnight (11) and Tony Wroblicky (9) and in general, it was another hard working team display. Slight lapses in concentration appear to be the Sharks only enemy at the moment as they look to make it four on the bounce against Bristol. The Flyers should present an even greater challenge than a game Plymouth side, who were admittedly a couple of players light and the Sharks would welcome a return to fitness for Eddy Brownell in order to give them a full-strength roster. The first quarter against the Raiders was the perfect marriage of offence and defence and if the Sharks can even remotely approach those standards in games to come, then the watching public are in for a visual treat.

We are half way through this opening home run. Your DBL Sharks are building nicely so you cannot afford to miss the next three games before we hit the road. To secure your ticket for the Bristol encounter go to:

Give yourself and the kids a half-term treat. It’s time to #FearTheFin !!

 Image: Andy Chubb