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Flyers reach National Cup Final for 4th year in a row!
The Bristol Academy Flyers went through to the National Cup Final with a 72 to 64 performance over Reading Rockets who are currently top of the Vcars.co.uk Division 1 table.
Flyers reach their 4th consecutive Cup Final and will hope to repeat their 2010 achievement when the Bristol side won its first major national title.
Flyers trailed by 3 at half-time but a superb 2nd half secured them an eight point victory and a spot in the Final versus the winner of the other semi-final between Leeds Carnegie and Worthing Thunder which is going to be determined on Sunday 9th December.
Sixteen year old SGS student Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye led the scoring for the Flyers with 15 points while 17 year old SGS student Jack Griffiths added 9 points. Doug McLaughlin-Williams also made a heroic contribution as he added 12 points despite suffering a hip injury.
Flyers Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas was full of praise for his players performance:
‘Going through for the 4th time in a row to the National Cup Final is a great achievement and shows the consistency that our Club has had over the years. We came to the game as the underdogs as Reading have been playing very well while we had a tough couple of weeks with injuries and losses. We played very good defense during the game and we were able to adjust in what Rockets had planned. The biggest area of improvement in our game was limiting our turnovers which gave us more possessions and an opportunity to gain momentum in crucial times of the game. Credit really has to go to all our players for their hard work and determination.’
The Greek Coach made sure to give particular credit to the SGS College AASE basketball academy students as well as the Flyers US import:
‘It’s amazing to see a sixteen year old and a seventeen year old lead the scoring in your team in such a crucial game. Dwayne and Jack are gathering some very important experiences that will really benefit their basketball development and their performance in the Cup semi-final did not really come to us as a surprise. They are hard workers and I am certain we will see a lot more of them over the next few months.’
The Greek Coach added:
‘I need to also mention the heroic performance and leadership of Doug McLaughlin-Williams. He has been carrying a hip injury for a while and playing at the game on Thursday gave us a huge boost. He is a true warrior and a great leader for our team. We hope that the MRI scans next week will be positive and Doug will be fit for the games ahead.’
The National Cup Final will take place on Sunday 27th January at Sheffield. Tickets can be bought online with a discount on the England Basketball website. If you are interested travelling up North with the team please contact by email the Flyers Team Manager Tony.Mannings@sgscol.ac.uk to find out more information.
Flyers now turn their attention to the next home game this Saturday 8th December versus Brixton Topcats which will also be their last fixture at the SGS WISE campus before the Christmas break.
Flyers will return to home action in the New Year when they host Worthing Thunder on Saturday 5th January.