The Giants added another big scalp to their record, beating the second-placed Sharks in Sheffield for the second time this season.
After shocking champions Leicester at home last Sunday, coach Danny Byrne’s men gave notice they are a growing force by inflicting the Sharks’ fifth defeat of 2018/19 – and recording their second biggest away win since returning to the league in 2012.
The Giants improved to a Championship record of 5/6 – and six wins from seven overall on the road – thanks to a brilliant team effort at the EIS.
Byrne used just six players with James Jones sitting out the game and his team-mates powered to victory with a 57% shooting display, rediscovering their three-point shooting touch to sink nine from beyond the arc.
— Danny Byrne (@DjByrne28) December 30, 2018
Great team performance as all six players get into double figures to land head to head.
Posted by Manchester Giants on Sunday, 30 December 2018
Mike McCall and Torry Butler led the way with 22 points each, the former hitting five threes, while Ingus Bankevics and Vlatko Granic had 17 apiece.
Big man Willie Clayton again showed he can dish out assists to go with his ubiquitous double doubles. He had seven, like Callum Jones (10 points), to go with his 13 points and 20 rebounds.
The home team edged the first quarter and Giants were up by three (51-48) at the half.
But they put the hammer down on the Sharks in the second half stretching their advantage to 29 points against their old rivals.
Chris Alexander (26), Dirk Williams (21) and Rob Marsden (10) were the key men for the Sharks.