Preview: Bristol Flyers v Worcester Wolves
Posted: Saturday, January 9th 2016
Saturday, January 9th 2016
Tyrone Lee scored a game-high 23 points but it wasn’t enough to secure Flyers the win in front of a sold out WISE Arena.
After their away loss to Sheffield in the league, the Flyers looked to take care of business in the BBL trophy as they hosted the Worcester Wolves.
The Flyers began the game slowly in a tightly contested opening quarter, coming up empty on their first three possessions. On his way to shooting 100% for the quarter, Cardell McFlarland opened the scoring with a clever back cut for the score, followed by a converted and-1 for the Flyers' first points.
Worcester came straight back, getting to the free throw line often, putting Bristol in foul trouble early. The Flyers closed the quarter 24-21, with Doug McLaughlin-Williams shooting three for three from beyond the arc.
As the Wolves offence became stagnant, settling for off the dribble contested jumpshots, the Flyers attack thrived. The continued hot shooting from McFarland and McLaughlin-Williams kept the Wolves defence honest, giving the Flyers big space to operate with 18 points in the paint for the half.
After a stretch where it seemed like they just could not miss, Bristol inevitably cooled off and Worcester made a short run to close the gap. The home side headed to the break with a slim lead 41-39.
Bristol looked as though they would open the game up with back-to-back free throws. But Wolves' Josh Cameron was fouled on a three point shot and converted a four point play. Then off a turnover, Tryone Lee committed a clear path foul giving the Wolves two free shots and the ball resulting in another four point possession for the visitors.
As the game entered its final quarter, Worcester led 56-60.
The Flyers opened with Tyrone Lee establishing position in the low post and bullying his way to the basket. Wolves kept their composure and continued to score, despite the tough Bristol defence. Though trailing by seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Flyers continued to battle from behind, buoyed by the electric home crowd.
With three minutes to go in the game, McFarland took a long jumpshot, tying the game, sending the crowd into a further frenzy.
In a frantic finish to the fourth quarter, Worcester missed two clutch free throws and Tyrone Lee hit a bucket to tie the game. The home crowd's deafening chant of defence was silenced as the Wolves scored again.
McFarland came back again and hit a reverse lay up to tie it up. 73 points apiece. Seven seconds left. Flyers ball. McFarland drove to the baseline, exploded to the basket and missed a contested layup. The buzzer sounded, the game would be decided by overtime.
Worcester only led by a basket and had plenty of opportunities to put the nail in the coffin early on, but missed key free throws down the stretch. The Wolves endured their woes at the free throw line, finally sinking timely foul shots. The Flyers were down by three and suffocated by the defence, they could not find a shot committing a shot clock violation, ultimately sealing their fate 76-83.
Report by Luke Bennett.
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