Mansfield Giants defeat Derbyshire Arrows 95-80

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With time running short to get games in local rivals, Mansfield Giants and Derbyshire Arrows clashed on Wednesday evening and Giants came away with a 95-80 win.

Despite 42 points from Robert Clyburn III, Giants led by 12 at half-time and recovered from a poor third quarter with a 9-1 run to start the fourth to take control.

JP Marcellus had 28 points for Giants and Calvin Morant-Hudson had 21 as they kept alive their playoff hopes.

The Arrows had the better of starts, scoring the first seven points of the game before heah coach Dan Richards called a time out to settle the team. Sharpe shooting from the Giants closed the gap and the quarter ended at 25 a piece.

The Giants continued to hit from long range, and stepped up on the defensive end to go into the half time break with a 56-42 lead.

Arrows again had the better of starts with American forward Robert Clyburn III starting to stamp his authority on the game netting 18 points in the quarter, but it was the Giants that went into the final quarter with a 75 - 71 lead.

The Giants played their best defence of the season managing to hold the Arrows to just seven points. Great team work enabled the Giants to keep piling in the points to take a 95 - 80 win.

Head Coach Dan Richards Commented ‘this was another great win for us, we had had five guys in double figures and played some fantastic basketball against a very tough side. We are now learning to trust each other not only on offence but on the defensive end too which is great to see’.

Top scorers; JP Marcellus 29, C Morant Hudson 21, M Curtis 11

Mansfield Giants need to keep winning if they are to keep alive their hopes of making the playoffs and they face a road trip weekend to test their credentials.

They start off in Birmingham on Saturday where they face a fourth-placed Mets team that have already defeated Giants 96-72 earlier in the season.

Mets have lost four of their last six games, but will be keen to secure their spot in the top four for a home playoff game come the end of the season.

Giants then travel to the south coast on Sunday to face Team Solent, who can secure their own playoff spot with a win.

Solent have won six of their last eight games and a win against Mansfield will put them at 10-9 and mean that they cannot finish lower than eighth in the league table.

When the teams met in Mansfield, Solent sneaked a four point victory 80-76 thanks to a fourth quarter comeback powered by 34 points form Lawrence Brown.