Manchester Giants broke a club record to secure their second win of the season, a 116-98 triumph at Leeds Force.

Their 116 total was the highest score the Giants have registered since re-joining the BBL in 2011, beating the previous best of 115 against Plymouth in January 2013.

But it was the win against their nearest rivals which provided the biggest boost, lifting the Giants off the bottom of the table.

They were led by a superb 31 points from Ingus Bankevics against his former club, though it was an all-round team performance that saw the Giants home.

Having opened up a 17 point lead by the end of the third quarter, they could even afford a fourth quarter wobble that allowed their opponents back within four points, something which coach Danny Byrne will not have been happy about, despite eventually being able to close out the game.

It gains revenge for the five point defeat against Force last month, which came two days prior to the Giants only other win of the season so far, away at Cheshire Phoenix.

Still without the injured David Kadiri, it was a team display by the Giants which also included big performances from Austin Rettig (19 pts, 6 asts) and Anastasios Traianos, who had his best game of the season with 17 points, 71% shooting, five rebounds and two steals, including some critical three pointers to stave off the Leeds fightback.

Jerelle Okoro chipped in with 15 points and three rebounds despite suffering a nasty cut to his face in the second quarter, and also suffering with a hamstring strain.

Mark Rangeley stepped up with a clutch three deep in the fourth quarter which kept Leeds at bay, while Usman Baba also contributed with some big plays off the bench.

Though there will have been some disappointment at the volume of points conceded, it was a timely boost for Byrne’s side, especially ahead of next week’s home BBL Trophy clash with London Lions.

Leading scorers – Bennett 23, Fullah 18, Nix 16 (Force), Bankevics 31, Rettig 19, Traianos 17

Turning point – Manchester got hot from the outset and having built up a 17-point lead at the end of the third quarter, looked out of sight. But, Leeds cut it to 96-92, before a tip-in by Richard Bell and triple by Ingus Bankevics calmed Giants nerves and gave them the push to dodge a bullet.

Key stat – It was one of the most blistering halves of basketball the BBL has seen in recent memory as Giants shot the lights out in the opening 20 minutes with an insane 72% to provide the cushion they needed to take victory.

Game hero(es) – There were an array of top performances, but non more so than Ingus Bankevics who finished with 31 points from 61% floor shooting and 8 assists.

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