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Preview: Sheffield Sharks v Bristol Flyers

Sheffield Sharks v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship,
Friday, April 14th 2017,
EIS Sheffield,

Bristol Flyers look to make it a very 'Good Friday' when they travel to Sheffield Sharks in the penultimate away game of the regular season (7.30pm).

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


AS IT STANDS
Flyers could climb as high as seventh in the league if results go their way. A win over Sheffield coupled with a Leicester Riders victory over Plymouth could see Flyers leapfrog their south-west rivals in the race for the BBL play-offs.


"We’re not focused on other results going on around the league, we just want to produce another 40 minutes of Flyers Basketball.”

Andreas Kapoulas


SHEFFIELD SHARKS
An illustrious club with a rich heritage, Sharks are one of the most well-known clubs in British Basketball and even more so after one of the most memorable days in their history last May as they won the BBL Play-Off Final at The O2 in front of 13,000 fans.

Sheffield split their weekend double-header last week, while the Flyers boosted their top eight hopes with a double success over Cheshire Phoenix. Sheffield are closing in on a third top-four finish in the past four seasons.


HEAD COACH
Atiba Lyons - Joining Sharks as a player in 2006, Lyons made the step up to head coach in 2008. During his tenure, Lyons has won two BBL cups, one BBL Trophy and one BBL Play-Off title as well as two second place finishes in the league.

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


KEY MATCHUP

#15 MIKE TUCK

Games played - 30
Points per game - 11.4
Rebounds per game - 5.9
Field goal percentage - 48.5%

#21 LESLEE SMITH

Games Played - 29
Points per game - 11.8
Rebounds per game - 7.3
Field goal percentage - 49.1%


FORM
Sheffield Sharks - WWLLW
Bristol Flyers - LLWWW

OFFICIALS
Taking charge of Friday’s game will be Kate Unsworth, Steve Ferris and Neil Guthrie.


LAST TIME OUT
Behind a 20-point performance from Aaron Cosby, Bristol Flyers tied the season series at one game apiece with their tenth league win of the season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Bristol Flyers' captain Greg Streete is just seven points away from reaching 1000 career points in the BBL Championship.


WATCH LIVE
Friday’s game will be available to watch online via the league’s official streaming partner, LiveBasketball.TV. - click here to sign up NOW!

ODDS
Bet 365 has installed Sharks as favourites to win the game at 1/4, with Flyers priced at 11/4.


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