The Manchester Giants rollercoaster return to the BBL took another dip as the team suffered their seventh defeat of the season at the hands of the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. Led by 23 points and seven assists from point guard Zaire Taylor the Riders took control of the game towards the end of the first quarter and led the rest of the way. Aided by their slick ball movement and a relentless desire to attack from the inside-out the visitors racked up an impressive 20 assists on their 28 made field-goals.
GB captain Andrew Sullivan logged 17 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Riders bounced back from their defeat to the Surry Heat to make it to the top of the BBL standings with a 9-1 record after 10 games. The Giants will feel that this was another game that could have gone their way if they had not allowed their visitors to open up such a sizeable lead in the early stages.
Paced by 19 points from the ever-reliable David Aliu and 16 off the bench from Stefan Gill the hosts rallied to cut the Riders lead from 16 points to just three with two minutes left to play in the fourth but they were unable to find that final push to get them over the finish line as they lost their fourth game in a row.
Sullivan set the tone for the Riders early on with six points and three assists in the first period as he repeatedly found his teammates in positions where they could be effective with the ball. He set up Leicester forward Jamell Anderson for a layup to give them a 12-10 lead with three minutes left to play in the opening period. After Taylor rejected the Giants Devan Bailey_