The Giants’  BBL Play-off hopes took a blow with North West derby defeat in Ellesmere Port.

The Phoenix reclaimed eighth spot by inflicting a painful defeat on Danny Byrne’s slow-starting team.

The home side got off to a quick opening, sinking 33 first-quarter points to the Giants’ 13 – and they never looked back.

Down 57-33 at half-time, the Giants could not contain sharp-shooting Cheshire guard Daniel Norl, whose game-high 28 points saw him scoring six of his eight three-point attempts.

The Nix hit 15-32 from beyond the arc overall while the Giants, on the other hand, could only manage 7-25 across the team and that disparity played a large part in their loss.

Mike McCall and Torry Butler scored 15 apiece for the visitors and Willie Clayton closed in on the BBL season-rebounding record with 15 boards to go with his 13 points.

The Giants face Leicester at George H Carnall in their final regular-season game on Sunday (5pm).

They need a win, for the Phoenix to lose their remaining three games and for Bristol to lose two of their four remaining games to get back into the Play-off places.

Come and cheer the team on against the Riders – get your tickets here.