Coach Danny Byrne called on his players to pull together after the Giants’ second successive defeat of the weekend saw them slip out of the Play-off places.

After being beaten at Worcester on Friday night, the team went down to Plymouth in their first Championship loss at George H Carnall.

“We have been lax for these last two games and the way we have played, we don’t deserve to be in the Play-off places,” said Byrne.

“We need to to play together and work hard for each other and stick to what has got us wins so far to get back into shape.

“It’s disappointing but we have plenty to play for yet.”

It was a disjointed performance that led to a tetchy finish to the game.

Giants had started well with a 13-point surge to 15-4 but the Raiders edged the first quarter 24-22 and the half 50-47.

The visitors pulled into a 75-61 lead in the third, their widest margin, before the Giants pulled it back to single figures.

But they couldn’t reduce the arrears further with the Raiders’ superior three-point shooting (13/25 to Giants 6/19) ultimately keeping them ahead.

Torry Butler (19) and Ingus Bankevics (19) led the Giants’ scoring, with Willie Clayton (14), Mike McCall (13) and Vlatko Granic (12) all in double figures.

Devontavius Payne (22), Rashad Hassan (21) and Donte Nicholas (20) were the dangermen for Plymouth.

The Giants in ninth drop to 11-14 in the BBL standings as the Raiders climb above them by moving to 12-14.

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