Surrey Scorchers suffered their eighth loss of the British Basketball Championship season at the hands of Manchester Giants.
Despite a late resurgence, Creon Raftopoulos’ side were unable to turn the tide at the Trafford Sportsdome.
A slow start to the game from both sides made grim viewing for any neutral. However, it would be Giants who woke first, taking a 20-12 lead into the second quarter.
Back to back three pointers from Caylin Raftopoulos and Josh Steel put Scorchers within touching distance mid-way through Q2.
Giants managed to rally together for the remaining minutes of the first half, eventually taking a 7-point lead into the break.
Raftopoulos continued to hit his trademark long range shots in the penultimate quarter, putting Manchester on the back foot as they struggled to contain the guard.
Yet again, Giants were able to hold off the Scorchers onslaught, holding a 14-point lead as the sides headed into the final quarter.
Quincy Taylor and Raftopoulos continued to cause havoc, netting 18 and 20 points respectively on the night.
The side fought hard to get themselves back in the game, closing the gap to just four points in the closing stages.
However, determined to hold on to their lead, Giants managed to close the game out, eventually emerging 91-84 winners on the night.
Creon Raftopoulos’ side will now look ahead to their next fame against Leicester Riders on 8th December at Surrey Sports Park.