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Job only half done for Manchester Giants’ David Watts as he leads victory over Worcester Wolves

By Phil Jones

Manchester Giants star forward David Watts insisted the job is only half done after he led his side to victory over Worcester Wolves in the BBL.

Watts top-scored for the Giants with 29 points and guard Stefan Gill added 24 to record an 82-91 win – only their second away triumph of the season.

But with a second win of the weekend needed against table-topping Leicester Riders today to keep their play-off hopes alive, Watts is not getting carried away.

“We can’t lose ground celebrating and thinking that’s it, we have to maintain focus and concentrate on the next game,” he said.

“We’re pleased with the win but we can’t be content, we’ve still got another game this weekend.

“We can be happy with this one but we have to maintain focus on Leicester.”

The Giants trailed by six points after the first quarter but outscored Worcester 34-16 in the second to establish a lead they never gave up.

And Watts, a Worcester player for two seasons before joining the Giants, hit six of his seven three point attempts to lead the charge.

“I shot the ball really well and I think I rebounded pretty well so it’s something to be happy about,” added the 6ft 8in forward.

“It is a bit more satisfying because you always want to play well in against your old team.

“And to do it in front of all the friends I met during my time in Worcester, it does mean that bit more.”

Fourth-placed Worcester were playing their second game in two nights and Watts thinks tiredness contributed to their performance.

“They’ve got an old front line and playing a second game against an active team like us is always going to be difficult – we took advantage of that,” said the 29-year-old.

“The referee helped Worcester out a lot I thought, they were just driving to the basket on wild shots and getting fouls called – but even that couldn’t get them back in the game.

“They hit some shots and went of a run at the end but we countered that with good offence and smart plays.”

A win against Leicester would move the ninth-placed Giants to within two points of the top eight play-off spots.

And Watts says the team will do everything they can to make sure they are prepared for a second game in 24 hours.

“We’re not silly, we’ve got food and are going to take care of ourselves, get some sleep and refuel,” said Watts.

“We’re all professionals and have been doing this for years, we all know how to take care of ourselves.”

The Giants tip-off against Leicester Riders at 4.30pm today at Wright Robinson Sports College.

Picture courtesy of Jack Hinds Photography, with thanks

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