The DBL Sharks Sheffield have unveiled their new-look squad at a special season-launch celebration event.
Marking the Sharks 25th year in The British Basketball League (BBL) and a decade-long partnership with main supporter B. Braun Medical Ltd, the celebrations were held at Braun’s state-of-the-art business and communication centre and in included the introduction of the 2018/19 roster, a look back over the last 25 years plus addresses from Chairman Yuri Matischen, and Head Coach Atiba Lyons.
The full team was revealed including new signings Mathew Martin, formerly of Danum Doncaster Eagles, Rene Castro-Caneddy out of Duquesne University, Matthew Don, from Spanish side Real Murcia and Sedale Hanson Young, from Birmingham UK.
Mike Tuck returns as Captain in his testimonial year along with returning players Chris Alexander, Dirk Williams, Rob Marsden and Marko Backovic.
Fans enjoyed a first look at the Sharks this season when they faced the Newcastle Eagles in a preseason friendly on 7 September – with the Sharks taking the win, final score 89-76!
Hans Hux, Group Chief Executive of B. Braun Medical Ltd, said: “We’re very proud of the Sharks achievements and our longstanding relationship with them, so we wanted to celebrate the launch of the 2018/2019 season in style!
“This year, as well as our main sponsorship, we’ve agreed to sponsor the Junior Sharks and Sharks Physio, and we can’t wait for the season to get underway.”
The Sharks recently awarded the highest honour the club can offer to Hans Hux, naming him Life Vice President.
He was presented the award in front of 150 players, sponsors, and fans of the Sharks at the club’s annual awards dinner alongside Yuri Matischen of MLS Contracts Ltd, who also received the honour.
The Sharks are one of the most decorated teams in BBL history, boasting 14 different titles, the most recent being the 2016 BBL Playoff Final Championship.
The Sharks will be officially tipping-off the new season at home to the Manchester Giants on Friday 21 September at the EIS on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
For more information on The DBL Sharks Sheffield visit https://sharksbasketball.org/calendar/fixtures-list/.
For more information about B. Braun Medical Ltd visit www.bbraun.co.uk