The Giants claimed a place in the quarter-finals of the BBL Trophy by dumping holders Leicester Riders out of the competition at the Sportsdome.

In one of their most impressive wins of recent seasons, Danny Byrne’s men put in a real team effort to hold off the reigning treble champions.

They resisted a wave of Riders comeback bids after building up a succession of double-digit second-half leads – the biggest of which was 15 points.

But, despite their illustrious visitors fighting until the end, the Giants held strong to move into the next round, where they will face Newcastle away for a place in the semi-finals.

Torry Butler had a 23-minute double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds and birthday boy James Jones – 35 today – had his most productive game since returning to the club, with figures just one assist short of his own double double with 16 points, as Mike McCall led all scorers with 20.

The Giants – who led 49-43 at half-time – took the fight to the Riders with aggressive, fast-paced basketball.

Callum Jones and Ingus Bankevics added 15 points apiece as Willie Clayton, hampered by foul trouble, and Vlatko Granic, scored nine each.

Byrne was delighted with his players, saying: “We put in a real team effort and had some outstanding individual performances.

“We had a gameplan and stuck to it and got what we deserved.”

Giants led by two going into the final period and built up a good lead again after the Riders had scrapped their way back into the contest.

They pushed on again in the fourth and held their nerve in the final minutes.

Wayne Martin led the visitors with 19 points.

Giants’ Trophy success follows their BBL Cup quarter-final win over Cheshire Phoenix. They need to overcome an eight-point deficit against Glasgow Rocks next month in the second leg of the Cup semi-final.

The Giants return to league action on Friday, December 28 when London Lions visit the Sportsdome. Get tickets here.

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