We’re off to the Emirates Arena! The scene of the DBL Sharks Sheffield recent BBL Trophy defeat is the setting for the next league encounter this coming Sunday. Of course, the hometown Glasgow Rocks are the opponents this time, looking to get more points on the board before key players leave for the Commonwealth Games. The Sharks will be looking to impress in front of the TV cameras once more following last week’s 88-81 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, led by 31 points from Chris Alexander.
The Rocks are now led by Darryl Wood following Tony Garbelotto’s recent departure and are mindful of the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Several of the Rocks side, including Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray, will form the basis of the Scotland side out in Australia. With this in mind, Sheffield-native Will Hall and US shooting guard Warren Gillis have re-joined the club to bolster the roster. Strength in games prior to national side call-ups will be vital for Glasgow and they will be keen to reinforce this against the Sharks. The two sides have a recent opponent in common in Cheshire. The Rocks fought out a humdinger against the Nix last Sunday coming out winners by 89-85. Murray, who has also been named Assistant Coach, led the way with 18 points, followed by Earl Brown (16), Ally Fraser (15), Kofi Josephs (14) and Nate Britt (12). The Sharks and the Rocks have met once already this season; the Sharks coming away with an 86-76 win on Mackey McKnight’s 18 points.
The entertainers! Coach Lyons proclaimed himself pleased with last Friday’s 88-81 win over Cheshire and hinted of the style of play to come. Clearly, the reaction to the Trophy defeat could have been an adverse one but such is the spirit ringing through the Sharks, enthusiasm reigns. Both Eddy Brownell and Sol Rolls-Tyson saw good minutes, Rolls-Tyson in particular winning praise for his defensive efforts. The Sharks too could be hit by Commonwealth Games call-ups, although not as much as Glasgow, and Coach Lyons indicated that it was vital the rest of the roster sees court-time from now to the end of regular season. The Sharks will also hope for more performances of the like shown by Chris Alexander. The 34 year old was simply driven last weekend, displaying his exemplary usual slashing game as well as finding great success from beyond the arc on the way to 31 points. The Sharks have 12 games remaining to achieve their best league finish and put themselves in the best possible stead for the Playoffs to come. From hereon in, it’s all about the first weekend of May and the end of season dance. There’s a lot of basketball to come!
Your DBL Sharks Sheffield return to the Emirates Arena to take on the Glasgow Rocks this Sunday. The game is being broadcast by the Freesports TV Channel (Freeview 95, Sky 424, Freesat 252, tvplayer online) with a 5pm Tip Off.
The Sharks have a bumper line-up of home fixtures this coming Easter. We welcome Worcester (28th March), Bristol (30th March) and Leeds (1st April) and tickets can be found at:
We’ve had a taste of the high life and we want some more! It’s time to #FearTheFin !
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