Sheffield Sharks show character for the BBL play-off challenge ahead

Atiba Lyons believes Sheffield Sharks’ successive overtime victories in the space of 48 hours over the weekend will stand his team in good stead in next month’s BBL play-offs.

Antwon Lillard of Sheffield Sharks (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Sharks needed an extra five-minute period to beat Bristol Flyers on Friday night and clinch a record-extending 26th successive play-off appearance.

They then backed it up by coming from behind to snatch victory from Worcester Wolves in double overtime on Sunday, Antwon Lillard scoring the decisive three-pointer as time expired.

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Sharks, who sit fifth in the BBL standings, have three games left to prepare themselves physically and mentally for the two-legged play-off quarter-final.

Head coach Lyons said: “We have to learn how to win in different ways and this is another way of overcoming adversity in the clutch.

“You want to build that habit of winning back-to-back games; it’s a confidence builder, and we want to make sure we’re on the right side of that by the time the play-offs come.”

“What happened over the last two games is a positive sign for us. It’s a gruelling season this year because of Covid, so many games and guys inevitably are physically tired.

“But the fight was there. We played from behind a lot of that (Worcester) game. Two overtime periods after an overtime period on Friday night; that’s a heck of an ask of your team.”

Atiba Lyons addresses his Sheffield Sharks team at a timeout (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

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