Giants come up short against Glasgow as the Scottish outfit run out winners 83-90

The Manchester Giants welcomed the Glasgow Rocks to the National Basketball Performance Centre in the BBL Cup. The last time these two teams faced Glasgow ended up taking the spoils so the Giants were eagerly awaiting this reverse fixture. 

The first quarter opened up with a three from Rocks Forward Jaycee Hillsman, Jamell Anderson took to the skies with an authoritative dunk and this exciting fixture was well and truly underway. Both teams chose the opposite style of play with Manchester opting for an offence focused on perimeter shooting whereas their opponents decided that attacking the paint was the better pursuit. Both teams battled it out throughout the entirety of the quarter with only 1 point separating them at the end of the first 10 minutes. 

The 2nd quarter was where momentum shifted in favour of the Rocks as they went on a run of efficient scoring and found themselves up by 8 halfway through. Manchester were able to cut it back down to a single possession size courtesy of proficient scoring from the guard trio of Martaveous McKnight, Jordan Whelan and Josh Steel. The Giants headed into the half time interval down by 3. 

The opening minutes of the third quarter shifted momentum once more as Manchester managed to lead for the first time in the game. Glasgow managed to keep within contention and once again these teams battled it out with shot after shot trying to assert authority over this game and etch their opponents out of the contest. 

A combination of offensive rebounds coupled with and ones proved to be what toppled the Giants as Glasgow managed to acquire a staggering 14 offensive boards throughout the game in comparison to Manchester’s 3 offensive boards throughout the entire game. Overall the Rocks had the advantage over the  Giants when it came to rebounds in total as the Glasgow based team totalled a staggering 50 rebounds to Manchester’s 36 rebounds. 

Martaveous McKnight had a memorable night with the former University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard accumulating an impressive 27 points and leading the team in blocks with 2. 

Assistant Coach Ploutos Vourliotis added We know they are a good team they recently beat us by 25 points so we were alot closer this time. We came out with good effort again in certain areas but it just wasn’t enough. Rebounds offensively it was 14-3 to them, just hustle plays we just didn’t come out with as much energy as they did.

Lloyd Gardner and his men will be looking to shake off this result and look forward to their next fixture: the Cheshire Phoenix who will be making their way to the National Basketball Performance Centre on October 15th for a 7:30pm tip-off.

Words – Michael Blain

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