Manchester Giants v Leicester Riders - Kiko StavrevTHE Giants couldn’t quite pull-off a late fightback against the visiting Leicester Riders.

After taking the first quarter 22-21 the Giants went on a second-quarter slide to go in at half-time 50-35 down.

The Riders stretched their lead to 70-51 in the third but the Giants did not give up.

They charged back into the game and got within five points of their third-placed opponents.

But Leicester held on and pulled away again in the dying minutes to leave the Giants beaten.

Ingus Bankevics led the Giants’ efforts with 16 points while Ben Eaves had a commendable double double of 15 and 17 rebounds.

Callum Jones had 9 and 7 assists and Mike