Job alert: Manchester Giants coach Jeff Jones desperate to strengthen squad after heavy Newcastle defeat

By Phil Jones 

Manchester Giants coach Jeff Jones admitted he is still looking to strengthen his roster after they lost 96-76 at reigning BBL champions Newcastle Eagles last night.

Stefan Gill led all scorers with 23 points and Ben Eaves had his best offensive night yet with 13 points, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors.

The Giants were outscored in the first three quarters by an experienced Eagles side, a quality Jones would like to add to his side.

“There’s 20 guys that I could pick up the phone to and they’d be here tomorrow, it’s just being patient, trying to wait and find the right guys,” said the former Giants player.

“We have got to go out over the next couple of weeks and find a guy who can work the ball down the stretch.

“Someone who can make things happen in a positive way and take a little bit of the pressure off these guys.

“These kids are all Manchester and North-West based kids, outside of Aliu, James Jones, Gill and Watt, the rest haven’t been frontline players at this level.

“It’s a nice ideology to bring all the Manchester kids back and they’ll do well and be competitive.

“I’m just not sure there’s an individual ready to carry the team or become our closer.”

The Giants slip to eighth in the BBL table ahead of next Friday’s home fixture, where they will look to inflict a first defeat on Leicester Riders.

And beyond that Jones sees hope for his side to start climbing the table, and get to Christmas with a 50% win record.

“We’ve got games against teams that are in and around us in the league, there are games there where we can hopefully get the win,” said the American.

“I’m not making excuses but we’re a first year franchise.

“Right now we’re probably farther ahead of where most first year franchises are when some of them would maybe only have won one or two games.”

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