Atiba LyonsPlayer-coach of the BBL Cup winning Sheffield Sharks, Atiba Lyons, says that his team must be ready for the physicality of Marshall MK Lions, whom they face tonight in a crucial BBL Championship match up at the EIS, Sheffield. He said: This Thursday against Milton Keynes, we need to be more focused and not veer from the game plan. They are a physical team that will try and knock you out of your rhythm. We have to be patient, set screens and run a good offense. Defensively, they are a good transition team and EJ Harrison is in a good rhythm at the moment.

His MK equivalent, Vince Macaulay, claimed that despite two significant defeats last weekend and an injury to star big man Frank Holmes, his side do not to make any adjustments for their visit to Steel City. Instead, he emphasised that they need to go back to what has worked for them all season long. The 48 year old explained: Adjustments are not what is key to us this week, we need to improve the way we start games and we need to revert to the kind of defence we have played all season long. He also said he could not possibly speculate on who will win the league title this season, adding: I am sure there are smarter people than me who know who the League winners will be, I have no idea!

This game is followed by a battle of two experienced BBL coaches on Friday night, as Sterling Davis, player coach of Glasgow Rocks, takes his men to Everton, where he will try to outsmart Tigers and Team GB Assistant coach, Tony Garbelotto. Both coaches are clearly up for the challenge. Garbelotto said: Our league game against the Rocks is crucial. If they win then they have the head to head. If we win, it will be come down to the third game. We played well at their place two weeks ago and I think it will be just as close. He added: They are very deep though and I expect them to be right there for third place in the league.

On Saturday, Essex Pirates will be trying to cause an upset, as the BBL s only all-European team take on Newcastle Eagles, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders will attempt to keep on their winning run when they welcome the Cheshire Jets, the question of whether basement side PAWS London Capital can beat Airwaves Plymouth Raiders twice in a season will be raised as these two clubs face off at in the Capital, and on the South Coast, Worthing Thunder entertain Paul James Worcester Wolves.


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