Preview: Rocks @ Sharks 26/3/13

Preview: Rocks @ Sharks

One Health Sharks Sheffield will look to continue their good run when they host Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship on Tuesday evening.

Atiba Lyons’ team have won four straight games to seal a place in the BBL Championship play-offs, and are now seventh in the table with a 13-15 record. Meanwhile Rocks saw their top four hopes hit by a loss at table-toppers Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at the weekend and are now fifth with 18 wins from 28 games.

It will be the fifth meeting of the campaign between the two sides, with home court advantage having been crucial in the four previous games. A 72-71 victory saw Sharks progress to the BBL Cup semi-final when the teams met in November, and the following month Sheffield took the BBL Championship points thanks to an 83-74 home win. Rocks gained revenge at the Emirates Arena in January with an 85-65 hammering to level the Championship series, but just five days later the Sharks knocked them out of the BBL Trophy with an 84-81 overtime win.

Sharks’ forward Andrew Bridge knows what to expect on Tuesday: “We’ve played them pretty well at our place with some close games that we’ve won. We got turned over in Glasgow with a much weaker performance, and you know what you get with them. It seems they were in the game against Leicester before the Riders blew it open, but they’re doing that to most teams, so I won’t read too much into that.

“Sterling’s playing a lot of guys equal minute, they’re all about gearing up for the play-offs And will want to get there healthy, so it should be a good game.”

Rocks’ player-coach Sterling Davis knows that Sharks are an in-form team: “There has been a resurgence in this team ever since they won the Trophy. I feel had they played with this confidence earlier in the season their position definitely would be improved.

“BJ Holmes has turned out to be one of the most effective guards this season. I feel he is their motor and they go as he does.”

Davis knows what his side have to improve on against the Sharks: “We have to see the game through this time around. I don’t feel we closed the game the way we should have nor did we do a good job of taking their hits.”

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