Manchester Giants coach Danny Byrne says it’s their turn to experience a busy schedule as the games approach thick and fast.

The Giants have played the least number of games in the BBL so far this season, though that is sure to change over the next six weeks.

They play three times in the final week of 2019, hosting Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy on Sunday before welcoming London Lions on Friday 28 December.

A trip to Sheffield Sharks follows on Sunday 30 December, where the Giants won on the opening night of the season.

January sees a double-header weekend away at Surrey Scorchers and London City Royals on January 5/6, Cheshire Phoenix at home on January 11, the BBL Cup semi-final second leg in Glasgow on January 13, Bristol Flyers at home on January 20 and Cheshire again on January 23.

Byrne said: “We’ve got to protect the players and get our minutes and rotations right. Unfortunately, when we do get in a bit of foul trouble, it goes out the window a bit.

“We’ve got Leicester in the trophy then another two games in a few days over Christmas and the double header the week after.

“It’s part of being a basketball player and we’ve got to get through it and work with it and take the rough with the smooth.

“We’ve had an easy set up til now, now it’s our turn to have the games flying in thick and fast.”

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Posted by Manchester Giants on Monday, 17 December 2018