Manchester Giants’ first round BBL Trophy clash against Leicester Riders will take place on Sunday December 23 (5pm tip-off).

Danny Byrne’s side were paired against the champions in last week’s draw and will host them at Trafford Sportsdome two days before Christmas.

On the same weekend, the Giants travel to Newcastle Eagles for a Friday night fixture.

Tickets for the BBL Trophy game, and all other home BBL games, will go on sale shortly.

Meanwhile, the BBL Cup first round tie against Surrey Scorchers will take place on Sunday October 28 (2pm tip) at Surrey Sports Park.

The Scorchers will become familiar opposition in the opening months of the season, as they are due to visit the Trafford Sportsdome on October 7 and November 25, either side of the knockout cup date.