Giants come up short in Championship opener as they fall 101-73.
Lloyd Gardner’s men travelled back over the Pennines to take on Abita Lyons and his Sheffield Sharks to kick off this 2021/22 BBL Championship campaign.
The opening first quarter started off as a tight affair. Every basket one team made was equalled by their foe as the baskets seemed as wide as a barrel as Manchester scored 10 of their 15 shot attempts and the sharks scored 11 of their 17 shot attempts. Coupled with stellar shooting was impactful intensity from both teams playing tough defense that was matched with sharp-shooting abilities that saw Lyons and the Sharks take the opening 10 minutes as they led by 5.
Lyons and his Sharks did not let up in the second quarter keeping the high octane and sharpshooting Giants to just 11 points all quarter. Manchester seemed to lose grip on the ball on numerous occasions and resulted in a plethora of turnovers in the quarter that were capitalised on by the Sharks as they led by 11 to start the second half. Manchester might be down but it was still all to play for.
The third quarter was more of the same as the Giants were held to 6 points in the total third quarter with not one giant in double scoring digits. Sheffield stormed off and were running away with it as they led the quarter by 26 going into the final quarter.
Things go from bad to worse for Lloyd Gardner and his men as Sheffield’s lead began to grow even larger, Rodney Glasgow and his arrival instilled a sense of confidence in the Sharks as they carried on to take their first win over the Giants this season.
Head Coach Lloyd Gardner added Hugely disappointed performance and a huge credit to Sheffield, they were ready, they were prepared, they played hard and we did none of those things, so we got taught a lesson today.
After this setback the Giants will be looking to shake this off and focus on their next fixture. A north west derby against their rivals the Cheshire Phoenix at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village on 31st October.
Words – Michael Blain
Photo – Adam Bates