Manchester Giants traveled across the border to face the GL Glasgow Rocks in the second game of the first round of the BBL Cup and it ended in a devastating loss 107-82 in Glasgow.
Today’s game saw the debut of former Presbyterian combo forward Francois Lewis who had himself a solid debut picking up a pair of three’s -one of them a buzzer-beater- and a block to start his career off in the BBL.
The first quarter began slowly for both teams as 11 points were scored in total for the opening 5 minutes. The scoring floodgates soon opened though and both teams were making up for lost time as shots started flying in. Both teams were able to capitalise on the considerable amount of turnovers from both teams in the first quarter and turn the opposition’s mistakes into points.
In the second quarter, consistent turnovers appeared once more from both sides as neither of them were able to maintain possession. Alasdair Fraser of the Rocks took the second quarter over scoring 9 of his 21 points and giving the Rocks an astounding lead leaving the Giants with a mountain to climb.
Unfortunately despite efforts and cutting the lead to a few possessions, the giants were unlucky in their endeavours. This was partly due to the foul trouble early on in the game that plagued them in the latter stages as they racked up 11 fouls in the first half and 26 fouls in total.
Jordan Whelan was a standout performer for the Giants tonight, leading the team in scoring with 15 followed closely by Martaveous McKnight on 14 and Josh Steel on 13. Whelan also led the team defensively in steals as he finished with 4 in total.
Head Coach Lloyd Gardner added ”I thought defence was poor today and I don’t think we were ready for this level of play Glasgow put on the floor. It’s one of those first games when you have to look in the mirror a little bit. because we are a team that has freshly come together. There was just some complacency after a really good effort last week physically, we thought we could do the same thing again and it just didn’t happen. We have to make sure we are the ones that control that and put that on the floor every day and we just didn’t do that today.”
Manchester will be looking to shake off tonight’s result on Sunday as they face the BBL playoff champions Newcastle Eagles in the first home game of the new season. This will be the first game that Giants fans can attend in the National Basketball Performance Centre.
Words – Michael Blain
Photo – Christopher Cox Photography