Preview: Bristol Flyers v Glasgow Rocks
Posted: Saturday, March 12th 2016
Saturday, March 12th 2016
Flyers were unable to finish a spirited comeback, as they failed to get their first back-to-back victories at home this season.
Despite a monster 19 points 15 rebound performance from Daniel Edozie, Flyers lost to the visiting Glasgow Rocks 67-75.
Fresh off a home win against the Sheffield Sharks, Bristol Flyers hosted the fifth-placed Glasgow Rocks at the SGS WISE Arena. With six games remaining in a jam-packed month, Flyers were hoping to secure back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season.
The ball went up for the opening possession and Glasgow went straight to work, driving and dishing for an open three-pointer. Bristol came back with intent, but failed to score, turning the ball over, allowing Rocks to get into the open floor for the easy layup. Flyers just could not buy a bucket, going for almost six minutes without a score.
Greg Streete broke the Flyers' duck, splitting the defence and drawing the foul, and netting both free throws. Both teams shot poorly, and by the end of a defensive first quarter, Bristol were trailing 6-10.
Glasgow came into the second posting up Andre Stephens for a two, but Cardell McFarland responded with a running tear drop lay up in the lane. The visiting Rocks stepped it up defensively, denying the passing lanes. The defence caused Flyers to take up a lot of the shot clock to get to their spots, ultimately rushing their offence. Recognising the emphasis on the passing lanes, McFarland drove hard to the basket converting on an and-1.
Both squads continued to shoot a low percentage from the field. Extra possessions were key and rebounds became vital, with Edozie grabbing nine rebounds in the first half alone. Despite the extra possessions, Bristol allowed Glasgow to put together a quick run to close the half 23-36.
Trailing by 13 to start the second half, Bristol went aggressively into the post, getting production from Edozie. The big man gobbled up another rebound and completed a three-point-play.
Though Flyers attacked the hoop from the post, Rocks stretched the floor with long jumpers. Notably Glasgow centre Kieron Archara, showing his range with a deep three-pointer. But Edozie would answer again, completing another and-1, scoring in transition, then getting back quickly to block the next Glasgow shot. The heroics inside led Bristol back into the game, only trailing 52-57 going into the fourth.
Flyers came into the fourth quarter with energy, Edozie again snatching a rebound out of the air and stuffing it with a slam dunk. The crowd woke up with a roar. Flyers bench waving their arms, beckoning the crowd after every score.
Rocks responded by turning up the heat defensively, goading Flyers into isolation plays. Timely scores and tough defence enabled Glasgow to keep their slender lead.
In the final moments of the game, Tyrone Lee had a chance to close the deficit to just three points but Lee missed a heavily contested lay up. In the clutch, Glasgow back up the floor and scored a three-pointer that effectively sealed Bristol's fate. The comeback had fallen short, the buzzer sounded and the game finished 67-75.
Report written by Luke Bennett.
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