Giants grab vital road win in Bristol as they continue to push for second spot


Bristol Flyers 89-96 Manchester Giants (18-25, 39-47, 60-73)
(Flyers – Evans 23, Jacob 16, Thomas-Edwards 14; Giants – Armstrong 21, Clark 19, Artison 17)

A relatively quiet night in the BBL Championship saw one
fixture between two sides that fancy their chances of success in securing a
strong Playoff berth take place at SGS College Arena, as the Bristol Flyers
welcomed the Manchester Giants to town.

The Flyers had won only one of their previous five
Championship fixtures going into this game, whereas the Giants had won all but
one of their last five, so Andreas Kapoulas’ side needed to register a fast
start to the game to give themselves some momentum and hope of slowing Lloyd
Gardner’s Giants.

Unfortunately for the home side, however, that strong start
didn’t materialise as the visitors led by seven at the end of the first quarter
and the Giants went on to win the second and third quarters as well, giving
themselves a 13-point advantage going into the final stanza.

Tyrik Armstrong and Dan Clark proved as potent a combination as ever for Manchester as the duo combined for 40 points and 15 assists, whereas Marcus Evans and Trejon Jacob looked to lead the Flyers to victory with big numbers of their own, however the damage had been done already earlier in the game with the Giants able to see off a late Bristol comeback and secure a vital win.

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