"Firstly, congratulations to Callum, it's an historic achievement, and we're all very proud of him. As for the game, we played well in the second half, but basketball games last 40 minutes and that's something we have to work on." Danny Byrne

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Manchester Giants v Surrey Scorchers
Sunday 22nd March

5:00pm Tip off.

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Riders 105-82 Giants

With everything else going on in the world at the moment, the players could be forgiven for having their minds elsewhere as this one tipped off in Leicester. It put a slight dampener on what was a historic night for the Manchester Giants as Callum Jones broke Mark Robinson’s 20 year old scoring record to become the Giants’ all-time leading BBL Championship points scorer. 

The game started very badly for the Giants, with the play-off champs ending the quarter at 30-8, shooting a lacklustre 15% from their 19 shots. The Giants were off the pace at both ends of the court, and not even the returning Del’vin Dickerson could inject the energy that they needed. Although it was nice to see that Yorick Williams still had a bit of that old bad boy spirit, even at age 44….

Moving into the second quarter the Giants seemed to find their mojo on offense, Bankevics being the go-to scorer for the Giants and also managing to hit a sweet buzzer beater at the half. The Giants defensive woes continued as they gave up 29 points giving the Riders a 26 point lead at the half.  

As we moved into the third the Giants quietly went about the job of chipping into the massive Riders lead, finishing the third quarter at 77-57. The Giants couldn’t do it though as the Riders found their flow on offence again in the forth holding the Giants off, though the after posting 25, 24, 25 in the second, third and fourth quarters, coach Byrne will be drawing a big red ring on the stat sheet around the Giants’ first quarter return. 

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