"We competed in the first, third and fourth quarters, but the second quarter is some of the worst defence we have played" Danny Byrne

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Giants 87-106 Sharks

It was a four week hiatus from BBL action for the Giants, having missed games for the cup final, the folding of the London City Royals and a postponed game against the London Lions. Giants fans were keen to see whether this gap without playing would make their team look refreshed or rusty.

A packed George H Carnall saw an entertaining first quarter, a little light on defensive quality, with the visitors taking a 5 point lead into the first break. The game turned in a disastrous first five minutes in the second quarter, with the hosts giving up 19 points, leaving coach Danny Byrne fuming. The Sharks took the second quarter convincingly, 31-19, giving the South Yorkshire side a commanding 57-40 lead at the half.

The difference proved insurmountable as the Sharks maintained their lead throughout the second half, leaving the Giants to rue the fact that if they could keep their performance levels up for 40 minutes, then they would be much more competitive.

The Sharks scored 44 points in the paint to the Giants’ 28 and also shot a respectable 50% from three point range, bagging ten from downtown.

On the offensive end for the Giants it was an all-Latvian affair as Ingus Bankevics and Ronalds Elksnis combined for 31 points, including eight three pointers. Elksnis in particular had his best performance the green and purple.

 

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