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The play-caller guided his team to victory in six of their seven games during the period, something which has left Sharks at the forefront of the BBL Championship title race and within striking distance of the 2014 BBL Cup Final.

Lyons started and finished November with Cup victories, firstly gaining a place in the last eight with a superb 90-63 home success against London Lions and then subsequently booking a last four berth with a 70-58 win against Durham Wildcats.

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He then ensured his team gained the upper hand in the two-legged semi-final tie with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, by overseeing an 82-79 success in the first game of the tie.

Indeed Lyons is hoping his team can finish the job, since he is gunning for a hat-trick of BBL Cup wins having won back-to-back Cup titles in the competition during 2010 and 2011.

Having endured a slow start to their league form last season, before going on to make amends by lifting the BBL Trophy, the Sharks form in the BBL Championship has been absolutely terrific this time around, with nine wins from their first eleven games.

Whilst Sharks did slip-up with a rare under-par loss at London Lions in the league during November, they recorded three BBL Championship victories in the month.

They eased their way to a 72-66 win at Northgate Arena against Cheshire Phoenix, before claiming arguably their best victory to date by crushing title rivals Worcester Wolves 83-64.

The last BBL Championship game of November for Lyons and his players came at Manchester Giants, where the award winner masterminded a 91-79 success to keep his team rolling and in contention for top spot.

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