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Posted Sunday, November 26th 2017

Preview » Manchester Giants v Bristol Flyers

Manchester Giants v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship,
Saturday, November 25th,
Trafford Powerleague Arena,

Bristol Flyers look to bounce back from their home loss, as they travel to face Manchester Giants on Sunday evening (5pm).

Everything you need to know on Sunday night’s opponents can be found below.


Manchester Giants

Manchester Giants have found it hard to make an impact in the BBL over the last five years. The club has not finished higher than 7th in the BBL and has only made one play-off appearance 2012. The franchise has struggled to collect silverware, as the last time they tasted success was winning the BBL Trophy in 1999. 

They have had a slow start this season with a record of 1-8 thus far. However, with a new coach and a new direction, Manchester are looking to improve and become a competitive club in the near future.


HEAD COACH

Over the summer, Manchester Giants released former Head Coach Yorick Williams and appointed Giants’ BBL assistant and second team coach Danny Byrne to take over. 

Byrne, who played for Plymouth Raiders, Thames Valley Tigers and Rossendale Raptors, started his coaching career with Lancashire Spinners before joining the Giants coaching staff as an assistant in 2016.

Fresh off winning the NBL4 title last season and receiving coach of the year honours, Byrne is looking to recreate the same success in the BBL.


LAST TIME OUT

Mike Vigor and Leslee Smith combined for 40 points to lead Bristol Flyers past the Manchester Giants, 93-72.


LAST SEASON

Last season, Manchester Giants finished dead last in the BBL with a record of 5-28 and failed to qualify for the play-offs. Not only did Giants struggle in the BBL championship, they were unable to put together a deep run in the outside competitions. Manchester were knocked out in the first round of the BBL Cup with an 82-97 loss to Cheshire Phoenix and, in the BBL Trophy, they suffered a demoralising 86-84 defeat to then EBL Division 1 Essex Leopards.


KEYS TO THE GAME


ONE TO WATCH

#1 David Kadiri

Over his first nine games, David Kadiri is proving to be a good pick-up and is averaging 17.7 points and nine rebounds per game on 56% shooting from the field. Not only does Kadiri offer size and athleticism inside, but the American can stretch the floor with his efficient three-point shooting too. Kadiri comes into Sunday’s contest with a 42% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which has created more space for Giants’ guards to operate.


FORM

Manchester Giants - LWLL
Bristol Flyers - WWLL


WATCH LIVE

Sunday's game will be available to watch LIVE via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBaketball.TV (subscription) - click here to sign up NOW.