Stefan Gill: 19 points

THE Giants slipped to a tough loss at the Northgate Arena as they went in search of their first win of the season.

Stefan Gill hit 19 points and Rob Marsden and David Aliu 12 each for Jeff Jones’ men.

But it wasn’t enough to see off a physical Phoenix side.

After relinquishing an early lead, the Giants were left with a mountain to climb after going 20 points down in the third period.

Despite a second-half effort from the visitors, Cheshire held on with US guard Reggie Middleton their main threat with 21 points and eight assists.

Cheshire took the first quarter 28-22 and built up 50-33 half-time led after a poor second quarter from the Giants.

Jones’ men put in a big push to rally in the second half but could not close the gap.

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