Giants men’s lost their opening game of the New Year 73-69 in a close encounter at home to London-based team, Eastside Eagles.
Giants started off well, taking a 19-14 first quarter lead, with Eastside coming out strong in the second quarter, scoring three back-to-back three pointers.
Most of Giants’ points in this quarter came from free throws as Giants’ big man Mark Woodhouse scored close-to-basket shots to keep the game close as Giants remained in the lead by one point at the halfway mark with a 38-37 scoreline.
Another close quarter saw Woodhouse continue to score close-to-basket and mid-range jump shots for Giants while Parish Xavier attacked the basket to convert further points.
Eastside’s Davison then began to shine, scoring nine points in the quarter alone.
With a few refereeing calls going against Mansfield, it led to foul trouble for a few Giants players as Eastside took a 56-53 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter continued to be a close game between both teams, with most points scored from free throws.
However, the third quarter lead that Eastside had taken couldn’t be broken as Eastside finished the game winning 69-73.
Giants’ top scores: M. Woodhouse 18, P. Xavier 17, D. Richards/C. Gamble 11.
Giants’ men travel away to play Worcester Wolves away on Saturday in a must win game, as Worcester are yet to win a game and sit bottom of the table.