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Posted Friday, April 12th 2019

ITEC Game Preview » Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants

Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants
BBL Championship
Saturday, April 13th, 7.30pm
SGS College Arena
Bristol Flyers host Manchester Giants in a crucial game in the race for the BBL play-offs (7.30pm BST).

Everything you need to know on Saturday night's opponents can be found below.

Manchester Giants

The Giants have endured a tough past few seasons, only making the play-offs once since their return to the BBL in 2012. Having not always utilised their full quota of imports, Manchester bolstered their squad over the summer with the additions of American trio Mike McCall, Willie Clayton and Torry Butler.

Danny Byrne’s side sit just one win ahead of the Flyers in ninth, and with just three wins separating Flyers from the top four, Saturday’s result could prove vital in the push for a postseason berth.


HEAD COACH

Danny Byrne - Coach Bryne has a wealth of experience as a player from stints with Plymouth Raiders, Thames Valley Tigers and Rossendale Raptors. He began his coaching career with Lancashire Spinners shortly before joining the Giants coaching staff as an assistant in 2016.


ONE TO WATCH

#21 Willie Clayton - Manchester’s American forward Willie Clayton has had an outstanding start to his BBL career. The Giants’ big man is leading the league in field goal percentage, shooting an impressive 62%, whilst averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds per game.


LAST TIME OUT

Giants put together a devastating 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to claim a 79-69 victory at the Trafford Sportsdome. 


AS IT STANDS

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
7 DBL Sharks Sheffield 32 16 16 32
8 Cheshire Phoenix 31 15 16 30
9 Bristol Flyers 31 14 17 28
10 Manchester Giants 33 14 19 28
11 Worcester Wolves 31 5 26 10

WATCH LIVE

Saturday’s game against Manchester Giants will be available to watch for FREE, both LIVE and on demand via the BBL’s official YouTube channel.

WATCH ONLINE



DID YOU KNOW

Manchester Giants’ long-serving captain Callum Jones was also a part of Coach Kapoulas’ Team England squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.