The evening started with a lot of promise for the Manchester Giants with a very even first two quarters but ultimately ended in defeat on the road once again for the Giants.

The Giants had the better of the first quarter and came storming out of the blocks to lead 0-5 as Watts opened the scoring with a three-pointer to set the tone for the early exchanges; only minutes later the Giants led by double-figures at 4-14 with Watts scoring again and James Jones connecting from beyond the arc. But the Eagles called timeout soon after and retained their poise: from 9-19 they rattled off 7 points in a row, including a triple from Damon Huffman; and they prevented the Giants scoring in the last four minutes of the first quarter to narrow the deficit to 17-19.

The Eagles tied the game through Darius Defoe with the first score of the second quarter and their comeback was complete when Anthony Martin made it 21-20 soon after. Huffman did make another three-pointer before the Giants eventually halted Newcastle’s momentum with a 7-1 run initiated by Watts’ triple to snatch the lead back. And the game remained close up to the half, with five ties and six lead changes until Huffman struck again with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to put the hosts back in the ascendancy at 41-38.