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Lots of positives from Plymouth Raiders defeat, says Manchester Giants’ David Watts

By Phil Jones

Manchester Giants forward David Watts took pride in the side’s narrow 86-83 loss to Plymouth Raiders last night.

The Giants were looking to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered in Plymouth earlier this season but the south-coast side held on to clinch a tense victory.

Watts lead the Giants with 22 points but admitted they caused themselves trouble after taking an early nine-point lead.

“We had a lot of pride on this one, we fought hard and just lost in the last ten minutes,” said Watts.

“But there’s a lot of positive to take from it – a lot more than the last game we played.

“We showed we can fight with the top teams in the BBL, but we shouldn’t have to fight our way back.

“We had a lead, we just need to be smart and maintain that. 

“Lots of guys stepped up when we needed them, we just need to execute defensively and not have any mental lapses.

“We need to have composure, we need to know what time and score we’re at, and just get easy buckets.” 

The loss saw new signing Ben Eaves make his debut, and despite the result he was happy to be playing after his protracted transfer.

“It was nice to finally be out here, obviously we never want it to end like this because that’s two games we’ve dropped to them now,” he said.

“We definitely came out with more intensity than when we played them last time and we held them to one shot a lot of the time.

“We were able to slow down their fast break a lot in the second half but it was just a little too late.

“But it was definitely not to the point in the last game where we just got outplayed.”

“You’ve got to take the positives away from it, it’s still a game we dropped but you’ve got to move on and take the good things from that game.”

The loss leaves Giants in sixth place in the BBL ahead of Sunday’s trip to face Durham Wildcats.

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