BBL Cup, semi-final second leg
Manchester Giants 92 (184) – 79 (181) Glasgow Rocks (27-21, 52-43, 69-69, 92-79)
(Giants: T. Armstrong – 25, W. Saunders – 17, J. Whelan – 13; Rocks: A.Fraser – 18, J. Harris – 17, T. Green – 12)
The Manchester Giants earned a place to the BBL Cup final after reversing a ten-point first-leg deficit in their semi-final against the Glasgow Rocks.
The home side made what initially seemed like hard work on paper easier by managing to reduce the overall deficit to one point at half-time, but after a brilliant third quarter for the Scottish side, the Giants were once again ten points behind with just ten minutes to go.
Jordan Whelan then stepped up as he reversed important shots and was instrumental in several clutch plays to help restore momentum to the Giants’ favor, and with Tyrik Armstrong consistently scoring points, the Giants came back once again to win by three points.
Armstrong led the game in points (25) and also proved to be a creative spark in the squad as he helped with seven assists – a total beaten only in the entire game by Rocks goalie Jordan Johnson, who was in a triple-double watch as he scored eight points, made seven rebounds and added 15 assists.
In-form Rocks goalie Jordan Harris came closest in the game to a double-double, as he had 17 points and nine rebounds in another influential performance, but it wasn’t enough as the Giants punished their opponents from behind the arc, scoring seven over three points.
The Giants won’t know who their opponents will be in the final at Birmingham’s Utility Arena until December 30, when the Leicester Riders host the London Lions in the second leg of their semi-final.