Sheffield Sharks must prove they are top-four team, says Mike Tuck

Mike Tuck says if Sheffield Sharks believe they are a top-four side in the BBL then now is the time to prove it.

Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck (Picture: Dean Atkins)

Sharks return to action after a 12-day break at Plymouth Raiders this evening in a game to be screened live on Sky Sports.

They snapped a three-game losing streak last time out with a narrow win over Bristol Flyers but they currently sit sixth in the standings with second to seventh separated by just two wins.

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Sharks have played five more games than the likes of London Lions who are likely to join Newcastle and Leicester in the top three, leaving Sharks fighting with Worcester, Cheshire and tonight’s opponents Plymouth for fourth spot.

Mike Tuck gets a shot off against Leicester Riders. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Eight teams qualify for the play-offs but fourth brings home-court advantage in the second leg of the first round.

Captain Tuck said: “We see ourselves as a top-four team and now is the time to justify that belief.

“We’ve got nine games left, we’d love to win them all but we know we’ve struggled with our consistency.

“It’s something we’re working on, something we talk about a lot, so now we have to go and prove it.

“Every game counts, every possession counts.”

Sheffield are back in front of the cameras tonight, a fact that Tuck – who is often used as a pundit by Sky Sports – sees as a huge motivating factor.

“It’s great what Sky are doing for the BBL. It’s 10 years too late but the league and us as a team have to make the most of it.”

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