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Julius Joseph ‘quietly confident’ of taking a bite out of Sheffield Sharks

London Lions forward Julius Joseph London Lions forward Julius Joseph

Friday, December 27, 2013
5:39 PM

Julius Joseph believes last week’s loss to Worcester Wolves will provide London Lions with the required drive to defeat Sharks Sheffield on Friday.

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Lions slipped to a third British Basketball League defeat in four when they were brushed aside 93-64 by in-form Worcester last weekend.

But while Joseph feels it is key to move on from that loss, he stressed the importance of keeping it in mind too.

Joseph said: “It’s a bit of both, you have to forget the negative aspects of the loss, but at the same use that last game as ammunition to play as hard as possible with as much passion as possible in order not to lose the next one.

“Worcester played extremely well and worked really hard, two factors that we must bring to Friday’s game.”

Lions enjoyed a comfortable victory last time these teams met, which gives Joseph confidence but, as a BBL veteran, he knows the calibre of club they will be facing.

“We did get a good win over them in the last match-up, but they beat us in similar fashion in our previous game away to them,” he added.

“So we are quietly confident, but at the same time we know we are in for another battle.

“Sheffield have a great team, top five in the league, their record in the league speaks for itself, the coach has done a great job getting constantly good performances from his players.

“The club have always been strong and competitive throughout its history and they are living up to the expectations this season.”

New signing Chez Marks is in line to make his Lions debut at Sharks after signing for the capital club on Christmas Eve, replacing guard Ben Smith who was released from his contract.

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