The Giants pulled off a superb fourth-quarter comeback to beat the visiting Newcastle Eagles in front of a rocking George Carnall crowd.

Danny Byrne’s men went 13 points down in the final period after a even first three quarters.

But they hit back late in the game with a 14-2 run to claim a victory that moves them up to sixth in the BBL standings.

Big man Willie Clayton was again instrumental with yet another double double – 20 points and 25 rebounds – while a quartet of threes helped a pumped-up Ingus Bankevics to 16 points.

Callum Jones had 15 and Torry Butler 13 as another team effort saw the Giants home from an unlikely position.

Coach Byrne said: “We showed real resilience. To come back from where we were to get a win is brilliant.

“We made mistakes and weren’t where I wanted us to be in the first three quarters but we dug in and it’s another win on the board.”

It takes the Giants to a 10-10 record in league action and gives them another boost in their hunt for post-season basketball.

The Giants took the first quarter 26-24 and were 47-46 up at the half. The Eagles edged into a 64-57 lead going into the fourth and stretched that advantage before the Giants fought back.

With the game in the balance in the dying seconds, an unsportsmanlike foulย by the Newcastleโ€™s Kai Williams allowed the Giants to take the lead via Mike McCall’s pair from the free throw line.

The Eagles could not make the final possession count, leaving the Giants to claim their first league win over their visitors since returning to the BBL in 2012 by a point.

Darius Defoe was the danger man for Newcastle with 18.

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