Weakened Mansfield Giants fail to progress in Patrons Cup after London Westside and NASSA Neptunes defeats

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A weakened Giants team failed to progress in the Patrons Cup with two disappointing losses in the capital.

On Saturday the Giants travelled to London Westside without Matt Curtis, Diego Binito and American point guard Chris Gandy, who departed from the team last week.

With Giants players having to fill in different positions and roles, they got off the worst possible start, only scoring four points in the quarter which ended 20-4.

Giants regained their composure and started to claw their way back into the game, but the slow start was always going to haunt them. .

The third quarter was the Giants’ best as they continued to fight back to make it 57- 41.

A solid final quarter wasn’t enough, though, as the Londoners took an 86-61 win

Giants’ top scorers: Watts 20, Richards 13, Collins 8.

Sunday’s game against NASSA Neptunes was a totally different as the Giants got onto a blistering start going up 10-2.

A time-out from the Neptunes settled them and gave them time to organise their full court press which caused the Giants some problems.

The Neptunes took the lead and ended the quarter 28-19.

NASSA began to open up a lead and led 55-42 at the half.

Giants had their best defensive display in the last quarter, keeping NASSA to just 13 points, but the game ended 93-71.

Giants’ top scorers: Watts 20, Richards 17, Curtis 14.

Coach Dan Richards said: “Although the results weren’t exactly what we wanted, it is important we continue to grow and make the necessary adjustments from the departure of Chris Gandy.”