Cheshire Phoenix vs Manchester Giants – Preview

by Vlad Ionasc

Cheshire Phoenix will host the Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship on Sunday evening (5:30 pm).


Date: Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Tip-off: 5:30pm

Competition: BBL Championship

Where: EPSV

How to watch: BBL’s official YouTube channel


Photo by Adam Day

The Giants have won just one game this season (20-0 forfeit against the Glasgow Rocks).

Cheshire has won the past five meetings between the two clubs.

The Giants are shooting just 39.2% from the field and 29.3% from three-point range in the regular season.

Manchester signed 6’7 British forward Allie Fullah on March 1st.

Manchester’s offense ranks last in the BBL (75.3 points-per-game).


Photo by Adam Day

Manchester Giants: Callum Jones – Giants’ captain plays an efficient brand of basketball, averaging 11.4 points on 50% FG. He ranks top three in both scoring and assisting among all Manchester players. He recently poured in 26 points (10-15 FG) and five assists in Manchester’s six-point loss against the Plymouth Raiders. His size at the guard position makes him a match-up problem for most teams in the league.

Cheshire Phoenix: Jalen Hayes – The 6’7 forward has put on some absolute clinics against the Giants this season. Hayes missed just seven of his 20 attempts from the field in his 32-point tear at the George Carnell Sports Centre on the 18th of October. Two weeks later, the American followed up with a perfect 10-of-10 shooting performance which helped him achieve a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double in front of the 800 Nix fans present at the EPSV! Hayes beats Manchester’s bigs for speed and athleticism and can easily post-up their smaller guys.


Photo by Adam Day

Ben Thomas: “Coming off quite a mixed weekend in terms of emotions, two good wins but not making the final of the Trophy is difficult, but we’ve had a good week of training.

“Manchester has been playing some really good basketball as of late, just missing out on a couple of wins against Bristol and Plymouth last week.

“It’s a game that we will take very seriously, we have to make sure that we bring our A-game because it’s going to be a tough 40 minutes on Sunday.”


The Nix are next in action at the EPSV against the Worcester Wolves on the 22nd of March. Secure your TICKETS now!


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