Manchester Giants 79-97 Plymouth Raiders (15-28, 35-54, 60-82)
Plymouth Raiders claimed their second Championship victory of the campaign with a convincing road win over Manchester Giants, inflicting a 79-97 loss on their hosts to further extend Manchester’s winless start to the season.
The Raiders found their range early to shoot the Giants out of the contest in the opening exchanges. Brandon Penn’s game-high 28 points and Joonas Jarvelainen 22 points off the bench proved the standout performances for the road team.
Leading scorers – Jones 17, Okoro 15, Bell 13 (Giants); Penn 28, Jarvelainen 22, Watson 17, Rochford 14 (Raiders)
Turning point – The visitors unleashed a barrage of three-pointers to open the contest, connecting on 8 of 9 attempts from downtown in the first half, to stun the hosts and put Plymouth firmly in control of the contest.
Key stat – The Raiders shot the ball beautifully throughout the course of the contest, hitting an efficient 54% from the field, 57% from beyond the arc and 84% from the free-throw line.
Game hero(es) – Brandon Penn netted a game-high 28 points, while teammates Joonas Jarvelainen (22 points, 11 rebounds), Neil Watson (17 points, 13 assists) and Kinu Rochford (14 points, 10 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles in what proved to be a routine victory for Plymouth.