The London Lions will play at the Copper Box Arena this Friday when they entertain the Sheffield Sharks in a Pre-season friendly just ahead of the start of official BBL action.
As BBL Cup action will likely start on the 30th of October, this will be the Lions’ last action to bed in ahead of that start date.
The Sharks led by Coach Atiba Lyons are undefeated in preparation having won on the road at Leicester Riders and more recently at the Bristol Flyers. New additions Kipper Nichols and Antwon Lillard from the US have both shown impressively, whilst Callum Jones who made the short trip from Manchester Giants has also bedded in all under the Captaincy of veteran Mike Tuck.
Coach Macaulay expects a stiff test on Friday, “Atiba always has his teams well set up, they have good scoring guards and versatile wing men, I am keen to see them up close for the first time and I think bringing Bennett Koch back at the centre position is a good move for him as I think he’ll really come on in his second season, we are keen to get into action and entertain the fans, albeit on the screen”
Ex Shark, Dirk Williams is also excited to meet his old crew, “I really enjoyed my time in Sheffield, it will be a good encounter and I’m looking forward to showing them how much I’ve improved”.
Tip off is at 7pm on Friday.
(Report; Duncan Hooper, Picture; Graham Hodges)