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Posted Thursday, January 17th 2019

ITEC Game Preview » Bristol Flyers v Sheffield Sharks

Bristol Flyers v Sheffield Sharks
BBL Championship
Friday, January 18th, 7.30pm
SGS College Arena
SOLD OUT
Bristol Flyers return home for the first time in 2019 when they welcome Sheffield Sharks to the SGS WISE Campus.

Everything you need to know on Friday’s opponents can be found below.

SHEFFIELD SHARKS

The Sharks’ consistency is remarkable as they continued their long run of consecutive top eight finishes last season. Captain Mike Tuck has pledged to finish his career with the club and they also secured the vital returns of Chris Alexander and Dirk Williams over the summer after strong displays last season.

Sharks find themselves second in the BBL Championship table and with the speed and athleticism of their guards, they will be hoping to have struck the right combination for more success this season.


HEAD COACH

ATIBA LYONS

Joining Sharks as a player in 2006, Atiba Lyons made the step up to head coach in 2008. During his tenure, Lyons has won two BBL Cups, one BBL Trophy and has led the Sharks to two second place finishes as well as the BBL play-off title in 2016


ONE TO WATCH

Despite numerous offers around the continent, Dirk Williams chose to sign for his second year with the Sharks over the summer. The high-flying guard has once again set the league alight this season, averaging 19.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers claimed their first win of the season with an emphatic 92-60 performance against Sheffield Sharks.


AS IT STANDS

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
7 Cheshire Phoenix 11 5 6 10
8 Surrey Scorchers 12 4 8 8
9 Bristol Flyers 8 3 5 6
10 Plymouth Raiders 10 2 10 4
11 Manchester Giants 8 0 8 0

WATCH LIVE

Fridays game against Sheffield Sharks will be able to watch LIVE online in the UK and the United States via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBasketball.TV.

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DID YOU KNOW

Since becoming a BBL team in 1994, Sharks have never failed to make the play-offs.