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Match Preview: Giants v London City Royals



It’s the first home of the new British Basketball League season and it’s a huge opportunity for the Giants to build on the brilliant win at Sheffield last week.

Manchester Giants v London City Royals
Powerleague Trafford Sportsdome,
Trafford Way, Manchester, M17 8DD

Sunday 30th September
5pm tip-off (doors open at 4pm)


Here are the respective rosters.

Giants: Ingus Bankevics, Torry Butler, Willie Clayton, Vlatko Granic, Callum Jones, James Jones, Mike McCall, Conor Porter, Barry Webster, Adam Oldham, Bailey Goodall.

USA Select: Kyle Carey, Ashley Hamilton, AJ Roberts, Ed Lucas, Josh Rogers, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Elvisi Dusha, Orlan Jackman, Will Neighbour.

Last Meetings

London City Royals are a new team to the BBL so this is the first ever meeting of the two sides.

Last Game

The Giants stunned Sheffield Sharks away last week – check here for all the highlights, match report and stats.

The Royals also won last time out, beating Bristol Flyers on their BBL debut, while they are also in action the night before they travel to Manchester – with a home game against Surrey Scorchers.

Watch live online

Once again, every game in the BBL will be live streamed online this year. You can watch the game on, or through various partners, including bet365.

The non-basketball lines on the court floor will be taped over to enhance the broadcast experience.

Buy online here – Adults £12, Concessions £9, Junior £7, Family £30.

You will be able to pay cash on the day, though tickets are subject to a £2 increase.

Season Tickets

Season Ticket holders are allocated reserved seats this season, so if you haven’t yet received your reserved seat sticker, then please let us know at the ticket desk and we will go with you to locate your preferred spot this season.

You can still buy a season ticket on the day of the game too – they are priced at £160 adults, £120 concessions, £90 juniors or £350 family, and offer great savings to match day prices.

For Season Ticket holders asking about the discount tickets for friends, a separate email will be sent with your personal discount code.

What the players are saying

Mike McCall: “I’m very excited for the first home game this Sunday. We’re looking forward to competing at a high level on both ends of the floor for the city and the fans. The team has been locked in and ready to go.”

Torry Butler: “I’ve always been on a team that had something to prove and I’ve always been an under-dog. So with that being said, by winning the first game, we made a statement. But we aren’t satisfied… we have a long season ahead and more wins to come. We’ll just take it one week at a time.”

First Who, Then What?



Michigan’s softball coach, Carol Hutchins (“Hutch,” to most of her players) has more NCAA career wins (1,500) than any other coach, male or female, in any sport in the University of Michigan’s storied history.

In a speech she gave, Coach Hutchins remarked:

“If I lose a recruit, she might beat me twice a year. If I make a mistake on a recruit, she beats me every day.”

Having led the Wolverines to 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and 25 overall since taking over in 1985, Coach Hutchins keenly understands that getting the wrong recruit is far more damaging to her team than passing on an all-star.

This perspective is also espoused by Jim Collins in his bestselling book, Good to Great. Collins’ “First Who, Then What” concept is a key hiring characteristic of companies that have endured over the long-term and differentiate themselves from competitors who started at the same time but eventually flamed out.

As Collins’ writes:

“The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people to take it there. No, they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it. They said, in essence, ‘Look, I don’t really know where we should take this bus. But I know this much: If we get the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus, then we’ll figure out how to take it someplace great.’”

Collins also writes that when people “get on the bus” because of where it is going, it presents a problem when you need to change direction. And even if you do find the right direction, if you have the wrong people, you probably won’t make it to your destination.

This has been Acceleration Partners’ approach to expanding abroad. Having seen many companies in our industry rush into new markets only to waste both time and money, we chose instead to put our focus on finding the right people to lead our efforts in those new countries and represent our brand. Once on board, we then asked them to develop the plan for their market, rather than the reverse.

“First Who, Then What” can be applied not only to whom we hire, but whom we marry and choose as our friends and business partners. If we get the who part wrong by focusing too much on the what (i.e. wanting to be married or have kids), it’s often a recipe for disaster down the road.

Ideas and circumstance change. Neither will matter if you wake up every day and have to spend time with people you don’t like or respect.

Next time you have a problem or opportunity, consider looking at it through the “First Who, Then What” lens – and pay close attention to whom you want on your bus and whom you need to take off.

The “right people” concept is not just about skill sets and talent. It’s also about their character and core values. Although Michigan’s Alumni Field is among the best facilities in the country and has a top-notch grounds crew, Hutchins will make her players clean the locker room or sweep the dugouts every now and then. To play for her is to be grateful for the opportunity to be a college athlete. “Go out there and play for the people who paved the way before us,” she tells them.

Clearly, Coach Hutch is the right “who.”

Quote of the Week
“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” -Jim Collins