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Posted Tuesday, April 10th 2018

Analysis » By the numbers - Giants @ Flyers

Bristol Flyers club statistician, Aaron Eamer takes an in-depth look at the key stats from Friday's win over Manchester Giants at the WISE Arena.

After a one game hiatus we’re back to look at the numbers for the Flyers home win against the struggling Manchester Giants. Let’s start first by saying it wasn’t pretty...

Apart from the first quarter.

BOX SCORE


STRAIGHT OUT THE BLOCKS

The Flyers started the game in great form, going on a 9-0 run, ultimately only conceded seven points in the entire first quarter and scoring 20 of their own. Rohndell Goodwin led from the front with more points from his own hand (nine) than the entire Manchester team combined.

In the first quarter Manchester just didn’t turn up. The travelling side made just two shots in the period, both from two-point range, good for 12% shooting on 17 attempts. Bristol could have capitalised further too if it their own shooting was a little more efficient, but where shooting wasn’t efficient, offensive rebounding was.

The Flyers grabbed five offensive boards in the first period, and only allowed Manchester to pull in one. These extra five second chance opportunities gave Bristol seven extra points onto their total and by dominating the defensive boards 19-9, the Flyers weren’t up for giving Manchester any easy opportunities.

From here on out, it was a different game.


SLUGGISH IN THE SECOND

In the second period, Bristol continued to shoot at a pace that would be described at best as average. Manchester decided to step up though, raising their awful first quarter performance to about equal that of Bristol’s. The two teams scored 16 and 15 points each for the quarter and most numbers were fairly equal across the board. Manchester began to rebound the ball and assisted on five of their scoring possessions in the quarter.

The Flyers continued the take a lot of shots, rebound the ball well, turn the ball over at a very low rate and assist on a high volume of their possessions also, but making only 6/22 possessions ensured the lead wasn’t extended much beyond the gap that was established after the first ten minutes.

Taking care of the ball

Coming out after the half it was much of the same for both teams as the third quarter was a stalemate. Both teams registered 24 points (a game-high for any period) but couldn’t take care of the ball. Bristol turned the ball over six times in the quarter and Manchester turned it right back over to Bristol seven times. If either team could have kept the ball under control they could have improved immensely.

Both teams got to the free throw line at a good rate as well, with Bristol making 90% for the period. Adam Weary lead the way in this area making all three of his attempts as well as registering ten points on three of four shooting in the third quarter. Bristol were lucky though that although Manchester got to the line at a good rate, they didn’t make them at such a good rate, making just seven of their 13 attempts.

Giants coming up short

With the Flyers heading into the fourth quarter with a 14 point lead they seemed to decide it was time to really put the game out of reach. Bristol soon lead the game by 22, thanks in no small part to Rohndell Goodwin who, like in the first quarter, dropped another nine points on the travelling side.

But after this initial intensity Bristol completely switched off for the final five minutes. In those final minutes Flyers scored just six points, whilst the Giants were able to drop 14. The game was no-doubt out of reach for Manchester, but seeing such a huge drop-off in performance so late in the game generally indicates one thing. Complacency.

Overall, Bristol performed averagely all game long when we look at their shooting percentages. Despite Manchester’s 12% in the first quarter, they actually finished the game with a better overall percentage than that of the Flyers. Bristol finished the game shooting 34%, whereas Manchester shot at 36%. This means that if we don’t include the first quarter, Bristol still shot just 34% over the three other quarters, whilst Manchester were shooting at 45%!

If we were to amend Manchester’s first quarter shooting percentage from 12% to the 45% they shot over the rest of the game, they would have made (with rounding up) eight of their 17 attempts instead of two. 

These extra six scoring possessions would have given Manchester (at least) an extra 12 points. 

Bristol won the game by 12 points.

POSITIVES

Offensive rebounding
Although Bristol didn’t shoot well in the game as we have already established, they rebounded well on the offensive end. The Flyers grabbed 17 rebounds from their 52 missed shots which is almost a third (32.7%) of the rebounds available from them. Manchester in comparison were only able to grab 11 offensive rebounds, good for 26%. Bristol converted these extra possessions into 19 second chance points, Manchester converted into 11.

Points off turnovers
Manchester turned the ball over 17 times during the game and Bristol were able to turn these turnovers into 19 points on the offensive end. Bristol in comparison turned the ball over just 13 times and Manchester converted these into 11 points.

It’s not often I will say a game is won in the first quarter, but this game was won in the first quarter.


About the contributor

A passionate fan of basketball since 2004, Aaron briefly played at SGS (then Filton College) under Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas.

Fast forward a number of years, Aaron now contributes to recording the statistics for the Flyers home games as a club Statistician, you’ll often find him sat at the table courtside taking stats into his laptop at every home game.

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