BBL Play-offs: Sharks need to get momentum says Mike Tuck

Mike Tuck (Sheffield)
Mike Tuck was the winner of the MVP award in the 2016 Play-off final
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Sheffield captain Mike Tuck wants the Sharks to finish the BBL season strongly to carry momentum into a successful Play-off campaign.

"We've got two games left to secure our place in the play-offs and get some momentum going into those play-offs," he told BBC Sport.

Tuck was talking before the Sharks' crunch game against fellow play-off hopefuls London Royals on Friday night.

With two weeks remaining, seven teams are chasing five play-off spots.

"We're confident that we'll pull off the wins we need and we'll be in the play-offs," he said.

"At one point, we were in second," he said. "We dropped down and I think at one point we were out of the play-off positions. As of right now, we could finish anywhere between fourth and 10th."

Tuck wants the Sharks to replicate their 2016 Play-offs win, when they emerged from a difficult season to upset favourites Leicester in the final.

"We were an underdog team and no-one thought we could win it," he said. "We'd made a number of changes in mid-season and gone on a 10- or 11-game winning streak - a little like this season."

Sheffield's run of four wins in five games ended with a reality check on Wednesday - a heavy 93-65 defeat away to Manchester Giants.

"That was a very quiet locker room; everyone took that loss to heart," said Tuck.

BBL Play-off positions

(London Lions, Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles have already qualified)

4. Glasgow Rocks (W16-L13)

5. Sheffield Sharks (16-15)

6. London Royals (15-14)

7. Plymouth Raiders (15-16)

8. Manchester Giants (14-17)

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9. Bristol Flyers 13-16)

10. Cheshire Phoenix (13-16)

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