DBL Sharks tip off 2017 BBL fixtures
Friday, 13th January 2017
The DBL Sharks Sheffield will resume their British Basketball League Championship season hoping to pick up where they left off in 2016 after a hugely successful end to the year both on and off the court.
December saw five straight BBL Championship wins, and the DBL Sharks were also crowned joint winners of the Outstanding Achievements in Sports, Hospitality and Tourism Award, along with Museums Sheffield, at the 2016 Sheffield Business Awards.
Our MD David Clarkson said: “It’s been fantastic to be naming rights sponsors of such a brilliant, welcoming and friendly club – and the icing on the cake has been seeing the DBL Sharks’ form pick up as the season has progressed.
“It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how the DBL Sharks’ young side has grown and evolved over the last few months – coach Atiba Lyons has done a tremendous job. We’re starting to see what the DBL Sharks can really do as the season passes the half-way stage.
“Of course, great organisations deserve to also be recognised with major award wins, and the DBL Sharks’ Sheffield Business Awards win is richly deserved by an extremely well-run, welcoming and family-friendly sports club.”
On the DBL Sharks’ Sheffield Business Award win, captain Mike Tuck said: “The award reflected all the hard work that the outstanding team and the manager here at the Sharks has put in.
“It was fantastic to see our success recognised at such a prestigious event and to see the business community really demonstrate their appreciation for the hard work we do to continue to bring positive things to the city of Sheffield.”
Meanwhile, the side kicks off its 2017 British Basketball League Championship fixtures with a game against Leicester Riders at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield in a repeat of the 2016/17 season opener.
The Sharks will be on a revenge mission having lost 54-85 to Leicester in that opener.
Tuck, in his eighth season with the DBL Sharks, was the BBL’s deadliest player in December, shooting an outstanding 68% from the floor.
He said: “Everything is a lot more positive since the start of the season. With all the injuries it was tough, but we now consistently have a group of guys together. We’re starting to gel and really play well together.
“December was a turning point for us, and it’s given us a bit of confidence and a bit of momentum heading into the new year.
“It’s at the point where you have to start winning the second and third games against these opponents so that we can stay in the top four in the league, and give ourselves a good chance towards the end of the season and heading into the Play-Offs.
“If you look at back to the previous season the thing I’d take away from was it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”