British Basketball League Regular Season
The B. Braun Sheffield Sharks re-acquaint themselves with the table-topping London Lions not once, but twice this week. A Thursday night trip to the capital is followed by a Sunday afternoon home match-up as the season enters a crucial phase. The Lions face BC Wolves Vilnius on Wednesday evening in Eurocup before taking on the Sharks, who went down by 82-75 at Surrey last Friday. A 19 point, 12 rebound double-double from Malek Green was a bright note for the Sharks, who will be looking for more of the same from their recent signing.
Thursday – Lions v Sharks – Copperbox Arena – 7.45pm
Sunday – Sharks v Lions – Canon Medical Arena – 3.00pm
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Ones To Watch
Matt Morgan – A serious contender for MVP who is putting up 19.8 points per game for the season. Shot 7 of 10 on his way to 19 against Plymouth last Sunday as well as claiming 3 rebounds, dishing out 5 assists, making 2 steals and effecting a blocked shot.
David Nwaba – The latest of the Lions recruits with NBA experience. Has played for the Lakers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Nets and Rockets and has hit the ground running in London. Contributed 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block in the 105-84 win over Plymouth.
Gabe Olaseni – GB centre with vast European experience. Vital to the Lions European campaign and so is playing a carefully-managed 21 minutes per game on average domestically. Added a valuable 16 points with 5 rebounds and 6 assists against the Patriots from 20 minutes of court time.
Conor Morgan – A surefire candidate for sixth man of the year, who frequently comes from the bench to give London a spark. Free-scoring forward with a very adept three point shot who averages 14 points and 6 rebounds for the season and made 12 / 4 / 4 against Plymouth.
December 24th 2023 – London Lions (C Morgan 15 Nelson 14 M Morgan 12) 83 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (Nixon 15 Ratinho 10 Ramsey / Koch 8) 64
The Sharks have played 108 games against the London Lions franchise since joining the British Basketball League in 1994. Exactly two-thirds of the games – 72 – have been won by the Sharks.
The Lions have played at the Copperbox Arena since September 2013 and during this time, the clubs have met 40 times in all competitions. Sharks have 17 wins to the Lions 23.
In games played in South Yorkshire, the Sharks hold a 12-7 winning advantage. Away games in that time have seen the Sharks victorious 5 times while suffering 16 losses.
The home game against London Lions will be the Sharks 500th home regular season outing. The first was a 67-48 win against Hemel on 18th September 1994. 499 games so far have brought 363 wins and 136 losses.
Should the Sharks win on Sunday against London, it would be their 450th home win in all British Basketball League competitions combined.
We’ve got another of those value-for-money double headers for you this coming Sunday! Buy a ticket to see the Sharks take on the star-studded London Lions at 3pm and you get admission to the B. Braun Sheffield Hatters game against Oaklands Wolves at 6pm absolutely free! Head to the ticket link at the top of the page to secure your seat for a top-class afternoon of high quality hoops. The Sharks are fourth, the Hatters are fourth – how do we climb the table? With your support of course! The Sharks, the Hatters and our Nation of fans – together we are UNBEATABLE! #FearTheFin #LetsGoHatters