Fans packed out the venue for the Friday night game, which the Eagles edged 78-74, with the Giants missing a game-tying shot in the dying seconds in what was an edge of the seat encounter.

It was the first time the club has sold out the venue since first moving there just over two years ago.

Giants CEO, John Dwan, said: “It was fantastic to see such a brilliant turn out for what was a great game and a great advert for the British Basketball League.

“We know there were a lot of first-time fans in the crowd, and I’m sure the entertainment on show will have left them hungry for more.

“I must pay tribute to our volunteers, who turn up week in week out, and who ensured everything ran smoothly even with the significant increase in numbers; and also to the fans that have turned up week in week out this season who have continued to support the team even when things haven’t been as exciting!

“We are expecting another large crowd for the visit of another top team, Leicester Riders, at the end of January following five tough games on the road for team.

“And we still have one other Friday night game this season – that is against Surrey on March 10th in a game that will be broadcast live on BBC, so it would be great to see another packed out crowd for that one.”

The Giants face a double header away trip this weekend