Last Sunday, DBL Sharks Sheffield suffered Trophy Final heartbreak having been edged out by Leicester Riders in a thrilling contest at Emirates Arena.
The Sharks entered the game as underdogs but clawed back a double-digit deficit to take the lead down the stretch, only to see that advantage overturned by a late triple by Eric Robertson with just 30 seconds left on the clock. A devastating loss for the team who came within a couple of possessions of victory.
Following the defeat, Sharks forward Rob Marsden shared his thoughts: “we showed incredible heart to fight back and put ourselves in a position to win. We can be proud of our performance but we’re gutted we couldn’t bring home the Trophy for our fans.”
For Sheffield, in many ways, the season will now be defined by how the franchise responds to last weekend’s disappointment. With the end of the regular-season in sight, the games are scheduled to come thick and fast.
The side from Yorkshire welcome Cheshire Phoenix to EIS Sheffield on Friday night and will hope to continue their strong league form.
The Sharks have won both previous outings against the Phoenix this season, most recently claiming victory 82-77 at the Cheshire Oaks Arena in February.
The visitors, however, will be keen to compound Sheffield’s misery. Cheshire will no doubt look to force the issue and exploit the hosts’ recent turnover struggles. But if Phoenix are to claim victory, themselves having struggled in recent weeks after Cup Final success back in January, they will have to keep Sheffield’s ‘big three’ quiet.
In the previous meeting between the two sides, Alexander, Tuck and Wroblicky accounted for 46 of the Sharks’ 82 points.
You can catch the contest live via BBC Sport, tip off at 19:30 Friday 9th March.