The Leicester Riders travel to Manchester this Sunday to take on the Manchester Giants who are currently on track for their highest finish in the league since returning to the BBL. The Riders are currently 17-4 in BBL Championship and will be looking for their second win of the weekend after defeating the third place Newcastle Eagles 86-76 on Friday night.
About the Giants
The Giants have never reached the highs of their performances in the 1980s, since their return to the top flight BBL in 2012.
They initially followed a British players only approach to their recruiting, which proved ill-fated. Head Coach Danny Byrne changed that strategy last season, recruiting a number of import players, but still managed only four wins in the Championship.
The team is built around two sons of former player from the 1980s, and former Head Coach, Jeff Jones, captain Callum Jones, and shooting guard James Jones.
This season Byrne has upgraded his imports with the recruitment of quality Americans Mike McCall, Willie Clayton and Torry Butler.
The Giants have run with a small squad, augmented by academy players. It includes experienced Latvian 3 point shooter Ingus Bankevics, and Croatian forward Vlatko Granic.
The Giants have given as good as they got all season long, and they remain very much in the hunt for a play-off spot, and reached the semi-finals on the BBL Cup.. They also knocked the Riders out of the BBL Trophy.
Players to Watch
The Giants have 6 players averaging double figures points, and are one of the best three point shooting teams in the BBL, averaging 36%. Mike McCall is one of their stars, averaging 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Watch the Game
Join us from 5PM in the Kevin Routledge Suite at the Morningside Arena to watch the game amongst your fellow Riders fans. Food and Drink will also be available!
Next Home Game
The Riders next home game is on March 29thwhen they take on the Cheshire Phoenix in BBL Championship Action. CLICK HEREto buy your tickets and support your Riders in what will be another great game at the Morningside Arena!