The Manchester Giants won their first league game in over 18 months, as they beat the Bristol Flyers 66-59 in the BBL season opener.
It was a highly defensive game from both sides, with the Giants actually out-rebounding the Flyers – who are notoriously good in the paint – by 43 to 39, as well as both teams shooting under 50% from the field. The away side also chose to focus their offence on driving to the basket, a tactic which paid dividends considering they had a whopping 37 attempts from the free throw line, scoring 24.
Danny Byrne’s side went into the final quarter down 50-44, but a huge 22-9 run, which included keeping the Flyers from scoring for seven minutes, led to a massive win on the road. The 7 point win is actually the Giants’ highest margin of victory away in Bristol since their return to the BBL in 2012.
Breaon Brady was undoubtedly the man of the match for the Giants, scoring 17 points and contributing a game-changing 12 rebounds, as he played the entire 40 minutes. Lyle Hexom also put up 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Jordan Whelan made a valuable contribution from the bench with 14 points.
‘’If we Chipped away at it, and we got the lead ourselves,I kind of knew we would get this over the line.’’ Said Danny Byrne
The Giants return to Belle Vue this Sunday to face the Glasgow Rocks, as they look to avenge their BBL Cup defeat in the previous encounter.
Words: Jordan Morris
Photo: Bristol Flyers