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Report: Bristol Flyers 71-79 Surrey Scorchers

Bristol Flyers 24-point comeback came up short as they crashed out of the BBL cup with a 71-79 loss to Surrey Scorchers.

Flyers were spearheaded by Lovell Cook with a game high 29 points, though this was not enough to keep the Bristol team in the competition.

After a strong start to their 2016/2017 BBL campaign with an impressive win over Plymouth, Bristol hosted Surrey in the BBL cup. 

Bristol gave up six quick easy points inside early on, and failed to execute on the offensive end. Cook finally ended the Flyer draught swishing a three-pointer to ignite the home side's attack.

Despite shooting only 35% for the quarter, Bristol put together a charge and took the lead. To cap off the run, Hameed Ali and Daniel Edozie connected for  a breakaway alley-oop, sending to crowd into a frenzy. The crowd were quickly silenced, as Scorchers' Quincy Taylor converted on an And-1 and hit a wide open three-pointer to take the lead. Scorchers added to and protected their 23-15 lead into the break.

Flyers opened the second quarter with a quick score inside, Ali directing a no-look pass to Mike Vigor for the uncontested lay-up. But Surrey clamped down defensively, causing Bristol's offence to stall. The ball movement became stagnant and Flyers offence became predictable.

Bristol fell in love with the isolation plays, trying to go one-on-one too often which saw Flyers go 10 for 37 for the half. After multiple fruitless possessions, Bristol stripped the ball and on the break, Edozie rose up for the two handed slam dunk. This only closed the gap to 14 points and Taylor continued to give Bristol problems. On his way to a nine first half points on 60% shooting, the Scorchers' guard helped build on their lead.

The scoreline at the half favouring the visitors 24-45.

Bristol started the third with greater defensive intensity, deploying a trap defence to conjure up some turn-overs. And it worked. Flyers forced three Scorcher turn-overs in the first minute. Surrey came straight back with an five unanswered points from Tayo Ogedengbe, a converted And-1 and a one-handed slam dunk off the fast break.

Scorchers blew the game open and took a 24 point lead, as they began to score with infectious confidence. But midway through the third quarter, Bristol began to string some field goals together led by Cook scoring eight straight. Cook's teammates followed suit and Flyers completed a late charge that saw the Scorchers' 24 point lead cut to just six points. Bristol went into the fourth down 56-62.

The contest entered in its final period and Flyers  continued where they had left off. The home team scoring with greater regularity, they tied the game 66 apiece going on a 10-4 run. Bristol had caught Surrey but could not quite take control of the game - Ali missing a backboard lob pass attempt when the scores were tied and the momentum headed back to Scorchers.

Scorchers methodically worked the ball around, finding open shots. Suddenly, Flyers' comeback ran out of steam. As they tried to attack from long range, Surrey countered with thigh percentage looks in the paint and built a late ten point advantage.

In the final 90 seconds, Surrey was given three free-throws and possession, effectively ending the game. As Flyers saw their cup campaign come to an end, losing 71-79.

Bristol Flyers

Head Coach - Andrea Kapoulas

0 - Mike Vigor

1 - Hameed Ali

4 - Chris Borne

6 - Levell Cook

7 - Roy Owen

8 - Stefano Fasianos

9 - Andrew Hambleton

10 - Lewis Pettitt

11 - Greg Streete

21 - Leslee Smith

24 - Brandon Boggs

42 - Daniel Edozie

 

Surrey Scorchers

Head Coach - Creon Raftopoulas

4 - Jordan Williams

5 - Quincy Taylor

7 - Lekan Popoola

8 - Kalil Irving


10 - Albert Maryai

11 - Will Maynard

15 - Tayo Ogedengbe

23 - Will Neighbour

25 - J Bowie

35 - Chaz Rollins

52 - Micahel Ocherobia