The skilled Head Coach of the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, Atiba Lyons, has gained the Kevin Cadle Molten BBL Coach of the Month award for March after main his staff to an unbeaten run within the BBL Championship.
The month had began on a disappointing word as Sharks had been knocked out of the BBL Trophy on the semi-final stage in a slim street defeat at Cheshire Phoenix, however it was all up from there as they bounced again with 5 straight wins in league play to at the moment sit on a 14-17 report.
Maybe most importantly, they scored back-to-back victories in opposition to the lately topped champions, London Lions, and the third-placed Leicester Riders – initially turning into the primary staff to beat Lions twice this season, till Bristol Flyers matched that feat final weekend.
In opposition to Lions on the Copper Field Enviornment, Sharks trailed by double-figures with seven minutes to play till Coach Lyons known as timeout and made a pair of substitutions, from which level they hit again instantly and completed the sport on an 18-5 surge to grab it on 5 late factors from Rodney Glasgow Jr., after a late defensive clamp down.
That defensive show is attribute of the staff, as they held their different 4 league opponents to simply 68 factors per sport, the BBL’s main defence in March and quantity two general on the season. After London, that included holding the normally free-scoring Riders to simply 64 factors, their lowest mark of the season, whereas additionally ending that sport on a 14-6 run to interrupt a tie as late stands proved key to Sheffield’s success.
The month additionally noticed two wins over Surrey Scorchers and a defeat of BBL Trophy winners Caledonia Gladiators. Lyons’ teaching mettle was examined – together with his staff exhibiting nice character – by the truth that 4 of their six video games in March had been inside two possessions in what’s a extremely aggressive BBL Championship race, together with coming from behind to win on the street at Surrey with the final 4 factors of the sport out of a Lyons timeout inside the ultimate minute.
Sheffield, at the moment sitting seventh within the desk, completed second within the BBL Championship final season and after some preliminary struggles on this marketing campaign Lyons took the daring resolution to reshape his roster early this 12 months with the acquisitions of Devearl Ramsey in January and Jalon Pipkins in February, yielding the run of current outcomes.
That unbeaten run was halted of their first sport of April, once more falling to the Phoenix, however they proceed to look ahead to a busy closing month of the common season marketing campaign, with 4 video games in opposition to groups above them offering a possibility to climb the ladder.