SHARKS RETAIN BABALOLA, RIDERS LAMBLE

Sheffield Sharks have re-signed Great Britain forward Olu Babalola on a one-year deal.

Babalola joined the Sharks midway through last season after a brief stint in Cyprus, helping them to retain the BBL Cup as well as reaching the play-off final.

“I had a great experience in my first season at Sheffield” said Babalola. “It took me a little while to settle into a team already formed but as the season went on I could see how better I could help Atiba and looking forward how we could improve as a team.”

Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons was pleased with the move as he bids to retain the core of his squad with Mike Tuck also understood to have held initial talks.

“This is a really great start for me to have Olu back on board, he not only is a talent on the court, but a great ambassador off the court,” said Lyons.

“Olu brings a great deal of composure to the team, and can step up enormously when we need him to. I feel being with us from the start of the season will be a great asset as he can establish his influence from the go with old and new players alike.”

Riders ink Lamble

Leicester Riders centre Barry Lamble has agreed terms to return for a sixth season with the club.

The 28 year old is Riders longest serving player, averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds a game last term.

“I am looking forward to the new season because I feel under Coach Paternostro the Riders are improving year by year,” he said. “I have my role coming off the bench and feel we are not far off being a top four team, and maybe winning a trophy.

“The coach has helped me develop my game, and I am trying very hard to be an impact sixth man, as a substitute trying to make a difference in lots of different ways. It has been an adjustment but it is a role I feel I can grow into.”

 

 

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