The Giants claimed a place in the BBL Cup semi-finals with an uplifting win over holders Cheshire Phoenix.

Danny Byrne’s men have seen their best form come on the road so far this season.

And though they knew a derby showdown at the home of their North West rivals would not be easy, they stepped up away from their own court again.

It means they join Glasgow Rocks, Newcastle Eagles and London Lions in the last-four draw on Tuesday.

Byrne said: “The boys did great! Showed resilience, and unbelievable character to see that one out. The Giants fans were immense and we can’t thank you enough for the passion and noise you guys brought!”

The Giants made a bright start, taking the first quarter 28-17 and they were 41-34 up at half-time.

But the home side hung in and chipped away at the Giants’ lead, edging into a single-point lead of their own at 70-69.

Despite the pressure, the visitors maintained their composure, retook the advantage, seeing out an historic win in a frenetic finish.

Vlatko Granic’s three-point play, via an under-pressure lay-up and one from the line, finally put it out of Cheshire’s reach in the dying seconds.

The Giants shared out the scoring in an tense, but entertaining game – with five players in double figures.

Mike McCall led the way with 19 points and seven assists, Callum Jones had 16, Granic 15 and eight rebounds, Ingus Bankevics 14 and Willie Clayton delivered his customary double double with 10 points and 14 boards.

Dii’jon Allen-Jordan was the chief threat for the Nix with 21.