GROWING PAINS FOR NEW GIANTS

Manchester Giants’ coach Jeff Jones admits the club’s their re-birth in the British Basketball League is undergoing some growing pains after successive losses. 

The Giants were edged out 91-82 at home against champions Newcastle Eagles before suffering a 105-74 hammering at Plymouth Raiders.

“The Eagles game was indicative of our season so far we played pretty flat and not with a lot of intensity for the first 20 minutes and it is almost we don’t start playing until we go down double digits” admitted Jones.

“At home we have been able to turn things around but the Eagles game we just came up short although the second half was pleasing from a competitiveness angle.

“They had a good all round team performance but it was Joe Chapman and Charles Smith who hit some big shots when the game was on the line after all that’s what they get paid for.”

“Against Raiders, we unfortunately didn’t show up it is still early for us that was our fifth proper game and we have had two weeks of practice with everyone so we just have to be patient and not get to down on ourselves it is a long year and we have a good basic group of guys and they are good players but we have just find our identity and our guys understanding their roles.”

The Giants will look to snap their three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon when they make the trip to the new Emirates Arena to face Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup first round.

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