Double defeat for Giants hits play-off hopes

IT was another weekend of misery for the Giants senior men as they went down 83-68 to the Birmingham Mets and 86-76 in over time to the Glamorgan Gladiators.

An extremely aggressive start from the Birmingham A’s took the Giants by surprise as the shell-shocked visitors fell behind 17-0.

A slam dunk from Dan Watts was the only points the Giants got as they ended the first quarter trailing 23-2 and with a mountain to claim.

The second quarter was a totally different ball game as the Giants came out with the intensity which we have seen in recent games to score 31 points and end the half right back in it at 40-33 behind.

But Birmingham took the warning and came out all guns blazing to build another commanding lead.

This time it was a bridge too far for Giants, who managed to get the deficit back to nine points with two minutes to go.

But it was too much to claw back and Giants were beaten 83-68 and left to count the cost of their woeful start.

It didn’t get much better for the Giants the following day when they were beaten 86-76 in overtime by the Glamorgan Gladiators.

The visitors went into the final quarter with a solid 61-51 lead.

With just seconds on the clock, and the scores level, Matt Curtis and Dan Richards both missed shots to win the game.

They proved to be costly misses as Glamorgan took a firm grip in overtime to seal Giants’ seecond reversal in two days.

Afterwards head coach Dan Richards said: “I definitely think we more focused on the Glamorgan game more than the Birmingham game, and that cannot happen.

“We have got to take one game at a time and focus at the job in hand. We were absolutely great on Sunday and that how we need to approach every game.”

The Giants are back in action this Saturday against the Hemel Storm at Oak Tree Leisure Centre in a must win game if the Giants are to stand any chance of making the play-offs, tip-off 6.30pm. Richards added ‘we are urging as many people as possible to come and support us this Saturday. This is a huge game for us and need everyone to get behind the team’.