MATCH REPORT: Rocks fall to first loss of season in Manchester

REPORT: Manchester Giants 95 Glasgow Rocks 58

Glasgow Rocks endured a sobering night on the road as Manchester Giants claimed a massive win to take control of BBL Cup Group Two.
It was a game Gareth Murray and his men couldn’t really get a foothold on the game as Giants followed their 106-64 victory over Cheshire Phoenix last week with this comprehensive win over the Rocks.
Both teams meet again on Sunday for the final group game and Murray will be expecting a big reaction when they play at the Emirates Arena.
By the end of the first quarter, Rocks were nine points behind despite starting with a David Mpondo dunk in the opening minutes.
Before long, Giants raced into a nine-point lead, including two Lyle Hexom three pointers and the Rocks were starting to face a tough test ahead.
By the end of the quarter, Glasgow remained nine behind and their hopes of getting back on track were dashed as Manchester kept it going.
Jack Whelan and Jack Hudson added more points to open up a 15-point gap and while Julius Van Sauers netted three free throws, it made little difference in terms of momentum for the visitors.
Giants had double points at one stage in the second, but despite Murray putting up a couple of points and a Jonny Bunyan three point jump shot, the home side had reached 50 points by half time.
A further three points from Hexom then two from Breon Brady was a sign there would be no let up as Manchester’s lead grew.
Rocks got the lead down to 18 at 62-44 with five to go in the third quarter.  By the end, that lead had stretched to 33 points as Brady picked up 10 points of the next 15 to firmly put them in pole position.
Glasgow added another 14 points in the fourth quarter, but Manchester were out of sight as they notched another 18 themselves to clinch the victory.
Thanks to Craig Anderson for the match report