The Manchester Giants snapped their losing streak with an emphatic 98-78 road win against the Worcester Wolves.

After meeting the Wolves three times since December, the Giants were able to adapt their game from the previous encounters and throttle Worcester’s usual sharp shooting ability. The recent BBL Trophy game between the sides became more of a 3-point contest than a regulation game at times but some resolute and high-octane defence from Danny Byrne’s side kept the home team at bay.

It was also the debut of the Giants’ new forward Justin Satchell, and he seemed right at home in the BBL with some early 3 pointers and boards as the visitors went into the break up 44-35 with the game still well in the balance. The third quarter, however, saw Manchester play arguably their best basketball of the season so far as Satchell and Sam Cassell Jr hit a seemingly endless barrage of threes, resulting in a 35 point quarter to take the tie away from a usually game Worcester team. 

Something that may go under the radar when looking at the stat line is the Giants’ efficiency from the free throw line. They’ve been very hit and miss so far this campaign, but they took their chances on the night shooting a fantastic 81%.

Satchell led all scorers and earned a double-double in a terrific debut, scoring 25pts to go along with 10 rebounds and 6 assists, and his partner in crime Cassell Jr also dropped a huge 19pts and 6 assists in what became a blowout performance. David Ulph played a much bigger role in the game due to Brady’s absence and he was as reliable as ever, contributing yet another double-double (12pts, 13 rebs) and Alex Ouandie provided a crucial 13pts from the bench as well as 3 important steals that helped the Giants’ cause massively. 

As for the Wolves, their usual shooting prowess was missing as they shot just 18% (3/16) from 3-point range all night, meaning that big man Mike Parks Jr was their man attacking outlet (23pts, 15 rebs) with Brandon Anderson contributing 20-6-5 from the bench, and their own double-double machine Jordan Williams finishing with 15-11-6.

”We challenged the guys to go out and get us that win that we really needed, and they stepped up to it tonight and turned in a great performance at both ends.” Said Head Coach Danny Byrne

With that losing streak now off their backs, the Giants will look to continue this momentum on Sunday as they welcome the table-topping Leicester Riders to Belle Vue. 

 

Words – Jordan Morris

Photo – JS Sport Photography