Manchester Giants v Cheshire Phoenix. Callum Jones in action

THE Giants were undone by a third-quarter surge from the Phoenix.

Jeff Jones’ men held their own with their visitors in the first half, taking the first quarter 19-16 and remaining in touch at 49-42 down at half-time.

But Cheshire proved too strong after the break.

An impressive 29 points and 18 rebounds from Demond Watt hurt the Giants.

And while he was the stand-out, Mike DiNunno (20) and Taylor King (18), made key contributions.

The Giants, in front of a brilliant home crowd and plenty of Cheshire visitors, were led by