'Dream Weekend But Tougher Challenges Ahead For Flyers’
Posted: Thursday, December 17th 2015
Thursday, January 7th 2016
Happy new year to all flyers fans! The first half of the 2015/2016 BBL season has been up and down for a Flyers team who find themselves sitting just out of the play-off spots at 9th place in the BBL league table.
Flyers sit just two points behind Leeds Force and Cheshire Phoenix with the advantage of two games in hand. Two difficult road games at Sheffield Sharks and Glasgow Rocks lie ahead before facing Leeds Force at the SGS Wise arena at the end of the January.
Despite Flyer’s 5-10 record they have proved to be no pushover away from home. Victories at London Lions and Plymouth Raiders and a close loss at Leicester Riders before Christmas show that they have every chance of picking up an important January away win.
Flyers have the fourth best defensive record in the BBL with just 77.07 points conceded on average per game this season.
Looking forward Coach Kapoulas has always emphasised defence and it shows with one of the fewest points conceded in the league.
Greater depth required
Offensively however they have struggled to score the basketball at times and need more productivity from the bench. Several close games have left Flyers unable to score consistently in the fourth quarter when facing deeper teams such as Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves who are able to rotate from the bench whilst maintaining intensity down the stretch.
Flyers play a lot of ball screen basketball and they have the players capable of executing. Cardell McFarland and Greg Streete attacking off a Tyrone Lee or Daniel Edozie ball screen should be productive but timing and spacing has to improve.
Cardell McFarland leads the Flyers in both scoring (18.15pg) and assists (5.08pg). He really showed his quality during the thrilling win against Plymouth Raiders, taking over the game when it mattered.
Captain Greg Streete also makes the BBL top ten with four assists per game which shows just how unselfish a player he is. With improved team offensive execution I believe that Streete is capable of taking more of the scoring load given his explosive first step and ability to finish at the rim.
Doug McLaughlin Williams is up there with the lead leaders in three pointers made but needs to receive more open looks from ball screen penetration in order to set his feet and shoot in rhythm. If he gets the right looks I believe he’s capable of making 50 percent of his three point attempts.
Tyrone Lee has provided the boost Flyers needed after arriving late from playing in Australia and is performing consistently at both ends of the floor. I’d like to see him push on and finish the season averaging a double-double (currently 14ppg, 8.82rpg).
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Daniel Edozie currently leads the BBL in offensive rebounds, averaging 4.71 offensive rebounds per game.
One to watch Daniel Edozie continues to impress and is proving to be the elite rebounder I eluded to back in September. Averaging 10.8 rebounds and leading the league in offensive rebounds at nearly five per game in limited minutes, the young forward is rapidly improving and the coaching staff will surely be looking to increase his playing time in 2016.
Flyers will be hoping for some strong away performances in the League as well as a good run in the BBL Trophy starting at home to Worcester Wolves this Saturday. With injuries to Matthais Seilund, Cardell McFarland and Tyrone Lee a thing of the past, Flyers can push on up the BBL league table and put on a show for all the fans at the SSG Wise Arena during 2016!
Bristol Flyers are next in home action against Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy this Saturday, January 9th at 7.30pm - buy tickets online here.
Written by Tom Hutchinson - Tom played for Bristol Flyers from its inception in National League division three and was part of the roster that won promotions to divisions two and one before injury forced his early retirement.
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