The Manchester Giants hot streak continues, Vince Macaulay’s team surpass the Plymouth city patriots 92-79.
Giants win tip and waste no time on the first possession as Rahmon Fletcher hits William Lee down low in the post for a fadeaway to start off tonight, Plymouth hit right back in the paint to equal the game within the first minute. A quick give and go between Tajh Green and Rahmon Fletcher sees the latter wide open at the left elbow to string a three and double the Giants advantage. A very end to end first quarter where possession was changing hands quickly from steals, defensive stops and 7 second offensive plays from both teams. Giants finished the quarter up 24-16 down to efficient scoring, going 8/14 from the field in comparison to the Patriots 7/25 from the field.
The Giants picked up where they left off in the first quarter. Mr Manchester Callum Jones really made his presence felt in the game with 3 assists in 4 minutes of gametime. Jones was in the thick of it again 2 minutes in giving the ball down low to Tajh Green, the former NCAA D2 starlet kicked it back out to Nick Lewis who drove right, stepped back, hit a three and was fouled on the way down for a four point play. To bring the Giants leading by 16. William Lee preserved the lead at the other end as Plymouth’s Markedric Bell floated one up only to be met by the outstretched hand of Lee who returned to sender. Manchester wasn’t done there as Tajh Green went on a personal 10 point scoring run showing not only his range from three but his explosiveness at the rim taking Giants to an 18 point lead. 2 more points from Lee and a corner three from Nathan Robinson stretched the lead to a staggering 23 points.
A big physical lay from Anthony Roberson to convert at the basket past three Patriots. Roberson carried on the physical down low play minutes later with one of his baskets wiping its feet on the way in. Plymouth still showed signs of life, bringing the Giants lead within single digits at the midway point of the quarter. Momentum was on the side of Plymouth this quarter, their highest scoring tally for a single quarter with 24. The Giants still held onto their lead, at the end of the quarter of 13 points for the final quarter of play.
Anthony Roberson found his rhythm for the game, consistently getting to the basket and being a physical presence to either convert from close or draw the foul to head to the line. The subsequent smashmouth basketball tallied up fouls for Plymouth as 5 of their 10 man rotation had a pair of fouls and one of them on three. The onslaught on offence didn’t let up, dunk after dunk from Legend Robertin and Tajh Green made it not only a spectacle but a lead that was too great for the Patriots to overcome.
Leading all scorers in tonight’s game was Benedict College Alumni Tajh Green, the high flying Green scored 28 points and provided fans with highlights and entertainment to start off their weeks. Double double machine William Lee was just as efficient as ever with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Head Coach Vince Macaulay said: “Tonight, I was just happy with the energy we played with. back to back games, back to back weekends as well. It’s tough. We were on the road last week. We were on the road again this week. It was interesting just to see what kind of energy we came with, against a very solid Plymouth team and I was delighted with that. The energy just was infectious, people who came off the bench, contributed massively. I like the way we’re developing the direction we’re going right now”.
For the Manchester Giants next game, Sky Sports are in town for the first time this season for the North West derby between the Manchester Giants and the Cheshire Phoenix, Giants fans might also recognise some familiar faces from last season. Tip off is on October 7th at 7:30PM.
Photo: Harry Collins