1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WILLIAMS GOES WITH THE FLO! Anthony Jepson ; ?Relationship with Coach Helped Giants Secure New Big Man

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WILLIAMS GOES WITH THE FLO! Anthony Jepson ; ?Relationship with Coach Helped Giants Secure New Big Man


Jepson, Anthony, Manchester Evening News


THOSE who go recruiting during the annual scramble before BBL's transfer window closes at the end of January can't be too picky.

But Manchester Giants coach Yorick Williams might just have pulled off something of a coup by signing Dzaflo Larkai.

Williams had been searching for a big man to plug a gaping hole in his team's armoury ever since the departure of Olu Babalola in November.

He got just that with the 6ft 8ins presence who goes by the name of Flo.

But he also got a winner with an impressive pedigree, a ton of experience and a reputation for leadership and passing on his knowledge to team-mates.

It's just what the Giants need to haul them off the bottom of the BBL table and into the play-offs.

Larkai, 34, had met his team-mates just once before a 19-point debut in Sunday's loss to a strong Sheffield.

But the Surrey-born power forward/centre plans to make his presence felt.

"You don't want to come in and be authoritative from the start but Yorick wants me to talk," he said.

"A lot of it comes down to effort. Offence can take over, it will come naturally - we're all ball players and we know how to play. Defensively we have to do a lot better.

"I'll be trying to get everyone to play to the best of their abilities.

"I know the team is rebuilding and the aim is to try to get to the play-offs but before you start thinking about play-offs you have to think about playing the right way each game. …

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