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Posted Thursday, March 29th 2018

Preview » Sheffield Sharks v Bristol Flyers

DBL Sheffield Sharks v Bristol Flyers 
BBL Championship
Friday, March 30th 2018
English Institute of Sport

Bristol Flyers look to secure back to back wins, as they travel to Sheffield Sharks on Friday night (7:30pm).

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


SHEFFIELD SHARKS

Sheffield Sharks are one of the more decorated clubs in the BBL. They are multiple BBL Play-off winners, multiple BBL league champions and have taken home the BBL Trophy and Cup on numerous occasions.

As we approach the business end of the season, Sharks currently occupy the fourth seed in the Play-off race. They have had a relatively successful campaign, with a record of 15-9.


HEAD COACH

Head Coach Atiba Lyons joined the Sheffield Sharks in 2006. By 2008, Lyons was appointed Head Coach. Since Lyons took control of the head coaching job, Sharks have won two BBL Cups, one BBL Play-off title and runners up in the league twice.

Lyons has ensured that Sheffield stay competitive and consistent; finishing fourth in the league last year and third the season before hand.


LAST SEASON

Sheffield was caught by the injury bug last season and had to use eighteen players throughout the duration of the year. Despite their bad luck with health, Sharks were able to squeeze out a fourth place finish with home court advantage in the Play-offs.

However, Sharks’ hopes to repeat their 2016 Play-off success were dashed by the fifth seeded Worcester Wolves in the quarter finals of the 2017 Play-offs.


ONE TO WATCH

#1 Chris Alexander

Sheffield’s Chris Alexander has led the way this season offensively. The 6’3 point guard comes into the game averaging 18.8 points per game and is the second leading scorer in the BBL. With Alexander running the team, Sheffield have been clicking offensively and will be difficult to contain.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers suffered a third straight loss in the BBL, going down 86-70 away at Sheffield Sharks.

A game-high 20 point performance from Brandon Boggs was not enough for Flyers who were undone by a terrible second quarter in Sheffield.


DID YOU KNOW?

Sheffield are the best in the league at playing defence without fouling, as they average the fewest fouls in the league with just 14 fouls per game.


WATCH LIVE

Friday’s game will be available to watch LIVE via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBaketball.TV (subscription - click here to sign up NOW.


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