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Analysis » By the numbers - Riders @ Flyers

Bristol Flyers statistician, Aaron Eamer breaks down all the facts and figures from Friday's game against Leicester Riders at the WISE Arena.

Firstly apologies if things seem a little off in this week's blog. I've just boarded a flight to New York before heading on to Indianapolis so I'm actually composing this on my phone. I do still have all the numbers in front of me so let's get into them.


The breakdown

Off the back of a convincing win against the Manchester Giants last week, the Leicester Riders visited Bristol is what would no-doubt be a tough game especially with US guard, Rohndell Goodwin missing out with a concussion.


BOX SCORE

Last week against Newcastle we had some distinct issues with three-point shooting, but here we saw the Flyers make more in the opening quarter (3) than the entire game (2) last time out. Shooting percentages looked good (apart from free throws) but unfortunately a theme from last week's home game arose again as Leicester came away from the first quarter with ten points off Bristol turnovers. 

Bristol in comparison came away from the first quarter with zero as they were only able to force one turnover for the quarter. Bristol gave the ball up seven times and were made to pay for that, finishing the quarter behind by eight points.

Into the second quarter and the Flyers' defensive efforts allowed them to force six turnovers from Leicester, but were only able to add four points to the score. Bristol though were able to stop Leicester capitalising on turnovers as the Riders only managed to make one basket from their extra opportunities.

Both teams were shooting well at the half with Brandon Boggs taking his tally up to 15 points on individual shooting of 64%. Leicester were ultimately able to extend their lead by a single point by the time the buzzer sounded but a definite improvement from a shakey first period.

Third quarter comeback

Coming out from the break, Bristol continued with their defensive intensity as for the first two and a half minutes of the quarter, Leicester weren't able to score. Bristol were able to keep the primary scoring options of JR Holder and Shane Walker quiet for the quarter, but Leicester made sure to do the same as Brandon Boggs was unable to add to his impressive first half tally despite playing the entirety of the third.

Bristol chipped away at the Leicester lead, cutting it to six, and finished the quarter with the odd stat of shooting the same percentage across all types of shot for the game so far.

TOTAL FG%: 43%
2PT FG%: 43%
3PT FG%: 43%
FT%: 43%

Flyers opened the third period with a 10-0 run to re-take the lead

Where was the game won and lost?

With only two possessions separating the sides, Bristol needed to score, and score they did. Adam Weary who had been quiet up to this point exploded, making 12 of his 15 points in the fourth - All of the 12 points coming from distance.

Bristol seemed to sacrifice defence for offence as Leicester's Andrew Thomson and JR Holder combined for 20 in the period. All but one of the Rider's rotation shot 50% or higher for the game with Thomson finishing 6/6.

Jordan Davis and Brandon Boggs each finished 1/5 (20%) in the second half after both scored well before the break and the Flyers' bench weren't able to pick up the slack. The Flyers' replacements finished the game with a combined 12 points, the Riders' bench finishing with 26 (20 in the second half).

Leicester finished the game out by being sent to the line on four occasions (eight shots) in the final minute and despite making only 50% of those free shots Bristol weren't able to capitalise. Both teams shot poorly from the free throw line throughout but an uphill battle from the first quarter and first half scoring options going quiet after the break were too much as Leicester handed Bristol a third straight home loss.


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 taping stats into his laptop at every home game.

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