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Sheffield Sharks in confident mood ahead of BBL 2021 play-offs UK News

The 2016 champions, who finished fifth in the regular season, will meet the fourth-placed Newcastle Eagles in the two-legged play-off quarter-final on Tuesday and Thursday, after beating them twice in their last two meetings.

The first match will be played at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle (tip-off 5 p.m.), which has been chosen as one of the three central venues to host the competition, with the second leg scheduled to take place at the University of Worcester Arena ( tip-off 5 p.m.).

The two-legged semi-finals and final will take place at Leicester’s Morningside Arena the following week.

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Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is confident in the success of the play-offs.
Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is confident in the success of the play-offs.

Tuck’s teammate, 6’10 forward Oscar Baldwin, said of the Sharks’ top record against their opponents: “It definitely gives us a lot of confidence. We spot them every day in training, we know how they’re going to play and they know how we’re going to play.

“We just have to go out and be the best team. Everyone is looking forward to it, that’s what we practice all year round.”

This is the twenty-sixth consecutive season for the Sheffield Sharks to qualify for the play-offs.

Oscar Baldwin of Sheffield Sharks.

“We feel like we have what it takes to win it,” said Lyons, who has led the team to the season-ending contest in each of their 13 seasons in charge, except last year. where it was canceled. due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Even if the fans can’t be here it would be great to have a championship for them to celebrate.”

Baldwin, who is in his first year as a professional, added: “It would be amazing to do something special.

“There is always something more when you play Newcastle, I am very excited about that.”

When asked how this year’s team stack up against the play-off winning team he played in 2016, Tuck said, “It was another team where we had depth.

“It’s a great team, we have a lot of talent. I think this is probably one of the teams, if not the deepest, that I have played on.

“We’ve always had a solid starting five and when you look at the bench we have three or four guys coming out and competing as well.”

His head coach added, “We may have more points on this list. The 2016 team was a little bigger. “

The Sharks were on the wrong side at 80-68 in their final game of the regular season against the second-placed London Lions on Friday night.

Lyons was satisfied, however.

He said: “It was a good game for us to go into the play-offs to take some points to work on and some adjustments to watch.

“We have a young team and we were probably not in the right place mentally. We have to learn from that.

“We have a feeling that if we come and play physically, play smart and get the ball out of the way, we’re going to be very successful.”

UK fans will be able to watch all BBL play-offs for free on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

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Source: www.thestar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-05-02 13:09:19