It’s been nine long years, but the Manchester Giants finally ended their 16-game losing streak away in Glasgow as they beat the struggling Rocks 101-83 at the Emirates Arena. 

The Giants came into the game on the back of an important two-game winning run, but despite Glasgow’s league position, the result wasn’t a given – especially with the baron run Manchester have been on in Scotland since their return to the BBL in 2012. In fact, it was the Rocks who were in control in the first half as they looked to throw a spanner in the works of the Giants’ playoff aspirations. Good early scoring from Boban Jacdonmi and Fraser Malcolm helped the usual play-off mainstays into a 50-47 lead going into half time.

It was the third quarter where the game swung massively in the visitors favour however. The Giants flourished in a quarter that they’ve been known to struggle in all campaign, as a barrage of three-pointers went down in seemingly no time at all to help Manchester take the quarter 30-14 and lead by 13 points going into the final 10 minutes. The Rocks showed great spirit in the fourth quarter to keep themselves within touching distance, but the Giants got the baskets when they needed to late on and secured a vital win as the sides around them in the playoff race all lost. 

The Giants put up ridiculous shooting numbers on the night, finishing with 61% from the field and a remarkable 57% from 3pt range. In fact, 7 Giants players had at least 50% shooting. 

Club captain Jack Hudson made his return after missing the last few games through injury and he brought his usual energy from the bench with 15pts, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to finish with a player index of 22. Donovan Johnson and Alex Ouandie led the Giants scoring on the night with 16pts each, and Jordan Whelan wasn’t too far behind with 15pts of his own. It was also a big night for Myerscough graduate Franklin Agu, who got his first point and rebound for the side towards the end of the emphatic victory. 

The injury hit Rocks did have four of their starters make double figures for scoring, with Fraser Malcolm being the standout as he had 17pts after playing the entire 40 minutes. Johnny Bunyan and Boban Jacdonmi chipped in with 18 and 19 respectively. 

”For us every game is important and every win is big. Being here that’s great and that’s a bonus but that win feels good’’ Said Head Coach Lloyd Gardner

The Giants will be looking to make history on Sunday as a win against the Surrey Scorchers would make it 4 league wins in a row for the first time since their reintroduction to the BBL, as well as taking vital points away from a postseason chasing rival. 

 

Words – Jordan Morris

Photo – Daniel Wilson