Manchester Giants ended the 2017/18 season with a home defeat against Bristol Flyers.
Backing up from a tough trip to London the previous night, the Giants fell away either side of half time as the Flyers posted their best ever BBL Championship finish.
Highlights included a big double double from Isaac Banks, who continued his fine form in recent weeks to post 24 points, 13 rebounds and five steals to earn himself the Challenger Insight MVP of the match.
The @Chally_Insight #MVP for your Giants in the final game of 2017/18 – a player who has made a massive difference in the final third of the campaign, with one of the performances of the season – @IkEyyike10 #BritishBasketball #beingGIANT #TakeABow pic.twitter.com/3T6RZJf2yl
— Manchester Giants 🏀 (@McrGiants) April 29, 2018
Leading scorers – Banks 24, Jones 15, Bankevics 11 (Giants) Goodwin 27, Vigor 26, Boggs 13 (Flyers)
Turning point – A powerful 13-0 run that spanned the interval put Flyers on the road to success, as they coasted out of sight of the Giants.
Key stat – The Flyers shot 54% from the field and that was one of their best efforts of the entire season.
Game hero(es) – Rohndell Goodwin fired a massive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Mike Vigor came up with 26 points from a stellar 11 of 14 coming off the bench.
On Saturday night, the Giants went down 97-71 against in-form London.
The Lions have won 10 of their last 11 games in the league and after breaking down some early resolve from the Giants, never looked back.
Banks top scored for the Giants again with 20, with Austin Rettig (12) and Jordan Whelan (11) also contributing for a short-benched side.
Leading scorers – Robinson 21, Dixon 15, Ikhinmwin 15 (Lions); Banks 20, Rettig 12, Whelan 11 (Giants)
Turning point – A tight start to the game was broken open midway through the first quarter when Justin Robinson and Paul Guede hit consecutive three-pointers to spark a 15-5 spell that was capped by another Robinson triple to make the score 26-16. After pouring in 36 first quarter points, the lead was always double-digits.
Key stat – Lions built their first half lead from beyond the arc, shooting 56% (9-16) from three-point range in the first half, with Justin Robinson leading the way on 3-4 shooting.
Game hero(es) – Justin Robinson scored 21 points in just 16 minutes of play, including 5-7 three-pointers; while Brandon Peel did much of the work on the boards, dragging in 18 rebounds to go with his nine points.