Giants 97 - 92 Scorchers
The Manchester Giants scorch Surrey in front of an electric home crowd as they best their opponents 97-92.
Surrey strike first low in the post off a baby hook only to go and foul rahmon fletcher at the other end. Surrey attempt to double their lead in the next possession but are met by Anthony Roberson at the rim to return it to sender. It was raining down beyond the arc to start the game with 16 attempts from both teams. 6 for the Giants and 10 from the scorchers, opting for a battle of accuracy over a battle in the paint to start off.
Tajh Green and Rahmon Fletcher started cooking early doors as they both flirted with double digit points after only one quarter and were set to carry on that momentum for the rest of the game. Dirk Williams took a page out of his name sake’s book, looking like a prime Dirk Nowitzki as his off balance fade away at the baseline was nothing but net.
The Scorchers three ball offense continued and subsequently allowed them to build a double digit lead over the Giants. Add in the giants foul troubles this quarter as well as giving the scorchers continuous trips to the line it would be a difficult lead to overcome. Nick Lewis took matters into his own hands towards the end of the quarter. A pair of makes from three ball range and one of them being from way downtown, enabled the giants to push on from there and end strong in the quarter.
Dirk Williams tested his hand at a step back three ball which was purely string. William Lee also turned up the heat converting from close range. Last second defensive heroics from Dirk Williams denied Shakem Johnson on the fastbreak with 13 seconds left. Williams collected the rebound and launched a counter attack which resulted in a close make from Rahmon Fletcher to bring the game within 6.
Roberson kicks off the third quarter, converting from close and keeping momentum on the side of the Giants as threes from William Lee and Tajh Green bring the game within a single possession. After allowing the scorchers to rebuild their lead, the Giants looked to knock it back down and with the help of physicality down low from Legend Robertin coupled with the razzle dazzle of Rahmon Fletcher they cut the lead down once more. Nick Lewis also continued his hot streak, stripping the ball from Surrey’s Boban Jacdonmi on the defensive end just to convert a fastbreak three on the offensive end to bring the game to a one point difference.
Tajh Green pulverises the rim on a Giants fastbreak to bring the Giants level with the scorchers. Back to back threes from Dirk Williams takes the Giants ahead and in the driving seat of this game. Dirk Williams' scoring clinic proved to be the deciding factor as his points put the Giants head and shoulders above the Scorchers.
Head Coach Vince Macaulay said: " I'm delighted to have got the win. It's important for us, I think that's our second win against them. Our next 2 games are down there. It's about winning those head to heads". "It's always gonna be a nailbiter with us, because that's who we are".