Manchester loses out on the road as the Lions best them northern outfit 95-71.
Snow begins to fall in December, as do shots from beyond the arc in this thriller between the Manchester Giants and the London Lions at the Copper Box Arena. Last time these two sides met it was the team from the capital that took the spoils of war.
Manchester Giants reply to a pair of London free throws with a baseline three from Dirk Williams. The Giants struggled offensively in the early minutes of the game going 2-8 from the field at the halfway point of the quarter. A low scoring affair throughout the entirety of the quarter as Manchester finished on a total of 16 points throughout the entire squad on 3-17 shooting from the field. The Giants trail the Lions by 13 in the opening 10 minutes.
The Giants started to find rhythm through Fletcher and Green to bring the lead to single digits.
The offensive spark struggled to stay alight as the lead grew to 15 points. Despite this, Manchester continued to plug away and through continual drives to the basket the lead downsized to single digits. London responded continually heading into the half. Extending the lead to 19 points.
Legend Robertin converted the second chance points to get the third quarter off the mark in what was a strong opening from the giants on both sides of the court. Basketball is a game of runs however, the Lions were favoured by a momentum shift and brought the lead to 20. Momentum swung like a pendulum and Manchester cut the lead in half heading into the final quarter.
get that boy a map🗺️
— Manchester Giants (@McrGiants) December 1, 2022
A resounding display from Manchester in the final quarter, high intensity play and constantly breathing down the Lions necks, keeping themselves close to the Euro Cup participants. The Giants showed signs of life in the final quarter as well as signs they might come back. It was too little too late unfortunately for the giants as they suffered defeat in the capital.
Tajh Green led scorers from a Giants perspective tonight as he finished with 20 points. The high- flying green also finished with 9 rebounds on a monstrous 40 minutes of gametime. Rahmon Fletcher and Dirk Williams also finished in double digit scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The final road trip for the Manchester Giants sees them face an arch rival. The Sheffield Sharks away in Ponds Forge. These trans-pennine rivals will battle it out on December 16th at 7:30PM.