Patriots 77- 87 Giants

Match Report
Patriots 77- 87 Giants

It was all smiles for the Manchester Giants as they best the Plymouth City Patriots 77-87.  

Patriots drew first blood in the opening few minutes in Manchester’s trip down south. Tajh Green connects off the glass from deep to cut the lead in half.Green later turned provider as he found William Lee underneath the basket for an easy layup. Lee later connects from beyond the arc. Those back to back makes cuts the Patriots lead to just 2 points.

Anthony Roberson closes the gap even further to a single point and after a remarkable interception from Dirk Williams he later flushes the two handed jam to give the Giants the advantage. The lead once again changed hands after back to back makes in quick succession from Plymouth. Dirk kept the pressure on Plymouth as he sunk a tough midrange in double coverage to keep both teams incredibly close. Soft touch from the big man Legend Robertin around the rim halves the lead both teams ended with at the first quarter. Robertin gets involved in the offensive action once again as the big man grabbed the offensive board and tried to tear the rim down on the dunk.

A down low mismatch meant the Giants kept feeding Robertin down low who continued to convert from close with a flurry of hook shots. Nick Lewis doubled his account halfway into the second quarter. Ducking and diving through Patriots to let loose on a midrange jumper. Back to back hits from deep from Nick Lewis and then Dirk Williams sees the 8 point Patriot lead back down to a single possession. Anthony Roberson battles through contact to see the Manchester Giants back on level terms against their adversaries.

An aggressive start to the third quarter as Tajh Green throws it down one handed to keep the Giants in close. A Dirk Williams three ball connected and tied the game up. Williams put the moves on at the top of the key and shot nothing but net to get their first lead of the quarter. Anthony Roberson gave the Giants a further advantage as he slammed home with authority.

William Lee drilled a three from the left elbow off the back of a bounce pass from Giants captain Rahmon Fletcher. Nick Lewis converted from close on a Patriots turnover at the death of the quarter. Keeping next to nothing to separate both teams at 61 a piece. A quick 5 point turnaround from the Giants, Nick Lewis with all five points. Defensive efforts from British Basketball Royalty in Callum Jones saw the Giants retake the lead in a game that has been action packed and as close as possible.

1 point lead becomes 3 as Dirk Williams converts on the tough layup with the left handed finger roll.  Williams was unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball as a deep three from the top of the key saw him notch not only an 8 point giants lead but also 20 points personal. He would finish on 23 in total.

Nick Lewis also proved to be a scoring machine off the bench. An off-balance tough layup took him to 18 points personal.   Williams wouldn’t stop there as he notched threes to extend this Giants lead in the dying minutes of the game. Further reinforced by William Lee. Second chance points from Tajh Green and a pair of free throws from Rahmon Fletcher put the game out of reach.

Head Coach Vince Macaulay said: " It was a tough game on the road down in Plymouth. They're going to beat a lot of teams down here but we felt that going into the game the biggest thing was the show poise. I felt we did that. We weathered the storm in the first half, got our legs back after the journey in the second half and I thought we played with some real poise".  

"Everybody contributed and I think we had 6 guys in double figures. That's where we're trying to go, to make sure that from every position of the floor we're a threat". Tickets are available for the Manchester Giants next home game against the BBL Cup champions the London Lions on March 10th.

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