Read the game: Manchester Giants can grow taller if they get more ‘basketball smart’, says veteran Yorick Williams

Manchester Giants can reach the BBL play-offs and have an exciting future if they learn to think more during games, says the vastly experienced Yorick Williams.

The Giants had been on a strong run through February and March, winning seven of their previous ten league games, though they suffered a 94-86 defeat against top-spot chasing Worcester Wolves on Sunday.

Williams, who reached his 500th game in the BBL against Newcastle last month, says his current Giants teammates have impressed him since his return at the start of the season.

“Talent-wise and ability-wise this is a great team, we just need to get a bit more basketball smart,” he said.

“I’ve been around a lot of big time players and to play the game and read the game are two different things.

“This will come over time, this is a brand new team, we’re a bunch of English guys trying to do our best in the league.”

Williams began his career with the original Manchester Giants in the 1990s before returning this season following a successful stint in Leicester.

The 38-year-old guard received an award to celebrate his 500th game ahead of the team’s last home game, an 82-83 point defeat against the Newcastle Eagles.

Their latest loss left the Giants in ninth place, level on points with Durham Wildcats and two points behind Plymouth Raiders who they host this coming Sunday.

“We’ve got three games left to be serious about a play-off place, we’ve got to win two of them it’s that simple,” said Williams.

“Every game we play is a big game, as long as we stay together we’ll do well.

“We take it one game at a time, we’re confident going into every game.”

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