An undermanned Giants fell to back-to-back defeats as injuries hampered their weekend efforts.

Danny Byrne’s men put in a solid performance against Newcastle Eagles on Friday night, despite being without James Jones and Torry Butler, going down 93-85.

And, while they fought all the way in the North East, Sunday’s BBL Trophy semi-final with London Lions saw fatigue begin to take its toll.

Butler returned with a strapped-up wrist but the visitors claimed a 101- 74 victory in the first leg of the last-four contest.

It means the Giants have something of a mountain to climb in the second leg at the Copper Box on Thursday, when they need a 28-point win to progress to the final.

Ingus Bankevics led a brave Manchester effort on Friday, leading the team with 21 points, while Willie Clayton had another double double (18 points and 18 rebounds).

The table-topping Lions are on a roll and, with a deep, well-resourced squad, went into Sunday’s semi opener as favourites.

They broke out into an early lead with a 30-12 first quarter and never looked back.

The visitors built up a 30-point advantage at one point but, though the Giants kept going and cut it to 13 early in the fourth, the Lions eased over the line behind a 28-point performance from point guard Justin Robinson.

Vlatko Granic, only just back from illness, led the way for the Giants with 25 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. Mike McCall had 18 and Callum Jones 15.

Boxscore vs Eagles

Boxscore vs Lions