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Manchester Giants v Newcastle Eagles
Sunday 19th January 2020
5:00pm Tip off.
Giants 84-88 Thunder
For the third time in eight days, the Giants are left to rue what could have been. EBL D1’s talented Worthing Thunder were the visitors in a cup fixture that many would have earmarked for a Giants win. The game started badly for the Giants as the visitors from West Sussex put up 31 first quarter points to the Giants’ 15.
The warning signs were there with the Thunder hot from three point range, the Giants couldn’t really chip into the lead and went into the half down by 14 points, having given up 56 first half points to the visitors. The second half saw a much improved performance from the Giants as they finally began to get the lead down. Ingus Bankevics carried most of the offensive load as he bagged 28 points with an efficient 50% shooting percentage.
The Giants got to within touching distance in the final seconds, setting up a grand stand finish but the Thunder had enough to see it out and took a deserved victory, having put on a show of exemplary shooting having hit 15 out of 33 of their 3-point attempts.