It’s advantage Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks after the first leg of the Cup Semi-Final.
BBL Cup, Semi-Finals, First Leg
Manchester Giants 77-85 Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks (12-13, 32-40, 54-60)
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks will fancy their chances of progressing to the Cup Final after a solid 77-85 victory on the road against Manchester Giants, in the first leg of the Cup Semi-Final.
Manchester now face an uphill battle if they are to overturn the eight point deficit in the second leg in January, at Emirates Arena.
Leading scorers – Ingus Bankevics 17, Mike McCall Jr 14, Willie Clayton 13 (Giants) – Bouna Ndiaye 24, Kieron Achara 22, Alasdair Fraser 14 (Rocks)
Turning point – The Rocks pounced in the second quarter, capitalising on early Giants foul trouble, after Manchester’s Willie Clayton and Torry Butler picked up a combined five fouls before half-time.
Key stat – Glasgow found success inside the arc, shooting an impressive 57% from two point range – in stark contrast to the Giants who failed to capitalise on the 16 offensive rebounds they managed to pull down.
Game hero(es) – Bouna Ndiaye produced the performance of the night, scoring a game-high 24 points on just 11 shots. Kieron Achara also impressed for the Rocks, netting 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks.