The Easter Bunny is on his way! And the DBL Sharks Sheffield have a whole bunch of hops for you over the coming couple of weeks! Read on for our big Easter preview of the upcoming games…
Friday 23rd March (Away) and Wednesday 28th March (Home) – Worcester Wolves
No strangers to the TV cameras this season, your DBL Sharks step out before the BBC cameras on Friday against near-rivals Worcester. The Wolves have just announced the departure of Brandon Parrish and playmaker Elvisi Dusha but will be looking for replacements in this Commonwealth Games window where they have already lost the services of Robert Gilchrist to the England squad. Worcester sit on level points with the Sharks but have lost one game more and despite the two sides having met four times already in knockout competitions, this will be the first league encounter. The game will be streamed on the BBC Sport website from 7.30pm on Friday 23rd March live from the Worcester Arena.
The re-match is swift! Worcester make the journey to the EIS on Wednesday 28th March for a 7.30pm tip off for the second league encounter. See the ticket link at the foot of the page for admission details.
Friday 30th March (Home) – Bristol Flyers
The Sharks will be hoping to make it a ‘Good’ Friday with success over Bristol Flyers. The Sharks took an 86-70 win over the Flyers at the EIS back in October and can seal the head-to-head with another win. Flyers will be missing their Coach Andreas Kapoulas, who is on England duty in Australia along with Daniel Edozie (England) and Mike Vigor (Scotland). At the time of writing, Bristol occupy the eighth and final playoff spot with a 12-12 record and continue to gain plaudits for the manner that their whole organisation is run from top to bottom. American Brandon Boggs is a key player for the Flyers and of course they feature former-Shark Jordan Davis, who pulls the strings from point guard.
Sunday 1st April (Home) – Leeds Force
Easter Sunday sees the third and final game in the Yorkshire Derby series for 2017-18. The Sharks have an unassailable 2-0 lead by virtue of a 98-71 win in October at the EIS and a 107-79 success just a few weeks ago in Leeds. It has been a season of struggle for the West Yorkshire side, who currently sit at the foot of the table. They have seen a big turnover of personnel as Coach Danny Nelson looks to hit upon the right formula. Another returning player is George Brownell, famed for his defensive tenacity and three point shot from his time at the Sharks and he will again match up against his brother Eddy. The game tips off at 2pm.
Friday 6th April (Away) – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle sit in second place in the BBL, eight points behind leaders Leicester Riders but with a game in hand. They already hold the head-to-head over the Sharks through victory in two very close games; they survived a late fightback to win by 100-93 in November and shaded a four point success by 81-77 at the EIS in late December. Of course, the Sharks gained revenge with a win in the North East in their recent Trophy run although that was a first success in many seasons. The Eagles don’t look infallible this season but still exude quality, especially in their own Sport Central arena.
Saturday 7th April (Home) – London Lions
An intense Easter period comes to an end with an unfamiliar Saturday night in the Tank as London Lions are the visitors for a 7.30pm tip. London are also one of the Sharks Playoff rivals and the head-to-head series is nicely poised at 1-1. The Sharks were victors in October on home territory by 83-73 with London gaining revenge in the Copperbox in early January by 81-73. The Lions have made Coaching and roster changes but continue to be marshalled by GB’s Justin Robinson from the point. Coach Vince Macaulay has instilled a steeliness in his new charges and a physical encounter is expected.
There you have it! A feast of basketball for the SharkNation to enjoy over the holiday period. The season is building to a climax and we need our Sixth Man behind us. Follow the link to claim your ticket for some top-class holiday basketball:
It’s time to #FearTheFin !
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