DBL Sharks resumed practise today in advance of the Trophy Final taking place this weekend in Glasgow against the formidable Leicester Riders.
Following their defeat by the midlands side last Friday evening in what many assumed was a practise run, the Yorkshire premier team were back to the drawing board for the final showdown.
Captain Mike Tuck, looked weary down the stretch following an intense week of training with the Commonwealth Games England Squad, and guard forward Zach Gachette also sat out after he sustained an injury against previous weeks opponent Cheshire.
Head Coach, and Director, Atiba Lyons has returned to the gym to formulate a new game plan that will improve the Sharks performance in time for Sundays Final.
“I was disappointed with how we played on Friday, we had too many turnovers and one of Leicester’s strengths is that they capitalise on any weakness so we need to eradicate unnecessary errors,” said the Sheffield play caller. “Leicester have a deep team and a lot of experience in finals, we are a young team who need to learn from their mistakes and put that into practice quickly”.
Meanwhile it is business as usual as the Sharks continue to be active in the community, with all playing staff contributing to programmes like primary school initiative ‘B Healthy B Braun’.
“It’s been topical this week but this is the first time I have been so heavily involved in off court projects such as the Sharks operate,” said American Guard Chris Alexander. “In the UK it is strange that basketball has been a low priority for support because it really lies at the heart of communities and gives opportunities to young people that just don’t exist from other sports.”
The Sharks will be televised live from Glasgow Emirates Arena via BBC Online and Freesport, but continue to encourage travelling fans.
“We appreciate it is a distance but to have our fans there in numbers is a massive boost for the team especially in a final where the 6th man counts for everything,” said Alexander.
Tickets and travel are still available if you follow this link: sharksbasketball.org/event/bbl-trophy-final-2018/