The Manchester Giants put on another dominant display in this year’s BBL Cup, as they beat the Glasgow Rocks 95-58 to make it three wins from three.

The win was the Giants’ first against the Rocks in 23 attempts – a record that spanned seven years – and it also kept them as the only undefeated team left in the BBL this season. As early season records keep tumbling for this new look team, it was also the first time that they have started a BBL campaign with three straight wins since returning to the top flight in 2012.

After beating local rivals Cheshire by 42 points last week, the Giants were in the mood for more of the same, and got to work early in chalking up another impressive win. An Alex Ouandie dunk and back-to-back Lyle Hexom three-pointers saw them up 12-3 after four minutes.

From there, the lead was barely in single-digits as Giants stretched away. Breaon Brady – who sat most of the first half with early foul trouble – made up for lost time in the second by posting a 20 point and 10 rebound double-double in just 20 minutes. Lyle Hexom and Sam Cassell Jr made 20 and 15 points respectively, in what was another balanced display of scoring with Ouandie (9), Jordan Whelan (8), David Ulph (8) and Jack Hudson (7) all ensuring that the scoreboard ticked over no matter who took the floor.

The game also saw the debut of Donovan Johnson, and he certainly played his part with 8 points and 8 rebounds as Danny Byrne’s side continued their impervious defensive form. In fact, the Giants have only conceded 20+ points in one of the last eight quarters of play.

“We limited their three point shot, and didn’t give them the open looks that they are used to, the guys came out with a defensive intensity and energy and got the game won in the first half.” Said Danny Byrne

The two sides face off again this Sunday in Glasgow, with the Giants looking to win at the Emirates Arena for the first time since their return to the BBL in 2012. 

Words: Jordan Morris

Photo: All Sports Photography.