BBL Championship

Friday 2nd November 2018 Worcester Wolves v DBL Sharks Sheffield

Sunday 4th November 2018 Surrey Scorchers v DBL Sharks Sheffield

The DBL Sharks Sheffield face a very important double weekend on the road against two of their nearest rivals. Friday sees the side take a trip to bottom-placed Worcester Wolves followed by an equally-crucial visit to Surrey Scorchers, who currently sit in ninth, on Sunday.

What to expect

Worcester Wolves (Away – Friday)

It has been an inauspicious start to the season for new Head Coach Ty Shaw and his freshly-assembled roster. The Wolves opened the campaign with a 93-81 win over Plymouth but have since gone on to lose their next six games. Darell Combs leads the way in terms of point scoring with 17.8 per game but he is closely followed by Mike Tuck’s England team-mate Adam Thoseby, who has possibly been the Wolves most effective player with 14.57 points per game, 3.57 rebounds and 2.14 assists. Worcester are also an import player short on the roster but even at this early stage, the game looks to be a very important one for both sides.

Surrey Scorchers (Away – Sunday)

The Sharks and the Scorchers met in the second game of the season at the EIS; the home side coming up trumps by 99-90. Surrey have improved to 2-5 in recent weeks, spurred on by Captain Tayo Ogedengbe, who currently puts up 21.14 points per game. They have a high-scoring and assist-friendly point guard in Quincy Taylor (15.86 / 5.86) and in Jordan Williams (11.86 ppg / 6.43 rpg), they have the MVP from the recent All Stars Championship, in which they proudly triumphed in spectacular fashion.

Shark Watch

One thing is for certain. The Sharks will have been put through their paces this week…and then some. Coach Lyons was clearly unhappy at the manner of the exit from the BBL Cup albeit against a rapidly-improving Cheshire Phoenix outfit. The clear stand-out in that game was Dirk Williams, who took the MVP award for his 20 points and 5 rebounds and now averages 18.3 and 6.3 for the season. A greater supporting effort is needed from his team-mates. There was a rare blip from Chris Alexander, who still averages 17.67 and the only other player into double figures is Matthew Don with 11.3. Clearly, a bigger team effort is required if the Sharks are to improve on their current 3-3 record.

Last time out

DBL Sharks Sheffield (Williams 25, Marsden 18, Alexander 14) 79 Worcester Wolves (Beamon 22, Navajas 19, Palmer 19) 97

DBL Sharks Sheffield (Castro-Caneddy 24, Alexander 23, Williams 15) 99 Surrey Scorchers (Ogedengbe 17, Beck 17, Steel 16) 90

Fans Corner

If you can’t make it to either game, don’t forget you can follow the action live on www.livebasketball.tv (subscription required) or we will try to keep you updated on our Twitter feed (@sheffieldsharks). We’ve got a huge revenge mission for our next home game! Cheshire Phoenix are back in the Tank on November 9th. Atiba, Mike and the guys will be fired up for this one. Go the ticket link below to secure your seat.

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