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Aaron Eamer

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Posted Monday, February 12th 2018

Analysis » By the numbers - Rocks @ Flyers

Bristol Flyers club statistician, Aaron Eamer breaks down the numbers from Saturday’s comeback victory over Glasgow Rocks.

The Glasgow Rocks made the long trip to Bristol just a week after Bristol made the opposite trip up to Scotland in front of the BBC cameras. Last week Glasgow came out on top, this week we saw the opposite as Bristol took the W and the series against the Rocks.

BOX SCORE


SLOW FROM THE START

We start at the beginning, with the first quarter not going nearly to plan for the Flyers. Shooting from the field just was not at all impressive in the early stages as they were only able to make 25% of their three-point shots and 38% of twos. 38% normally wouldn’t be too bad, apart from the home side lacking on the defensive end and letting up 56% to the Scottish side from the same range.

Bristol’s struggles from the field showed as we saw Leslee Smith and Brandon Boggs make just 1/5 and 1/4 respectively, whilst the bench weren’t able to contribute a single point to the scoreline. Bristol were also being out-rebounded by the Rocks, grabbing five less boards than the away side, 9-14.


WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE

Into the second quarter and Bristol were able to stay in-touch of Glasgow and not allow them to make the lead unassailable. Both sides approached scoring in completely different manners to as every Flyer who played in the second quarter scored. Unfortunately every Flyer scored only one field goal each. Bristol though were beginning to share the ball much better, adding five assists to their total for the night, all of these shared between the backcourt duo of Rohndell Goodwin and Jordan Davis.

I mentioned that Glasgow approached scoring in a much different way to the Flyers. Well, only three Rocks scored in the quarter, with their frontcourt pairing of Ali Fraser and Kieron Achara combining for 16 of their 18 points. Scotland international, Achara, also picked up seven rebounds to leave him just a single rebound shy of a double-double at the half. Bristol down by 12 and being out-rebounded by nine now.

Flyers trailed the Rocks 33-45 at the half-time break

COMEBACK TIME

Bristol went on a 7-0 scoring run the start the third and when Glasgow finally did score it became a rare occurrence. The Rocks made only two shots for the entire ten minutes as they went ice cold from the field. At the other end, Bristol were making the most of the opportunity to get back into the game as Leslee Smith caught fire, the forward scored ten of his 18 points in the third quarter alone.

Bristol’s rebounding struggles came to an end as the team grabbed 14 in the quarter. They’d only taken 18 in the entire first half! All of the Glasgow misses were being gathered up and turned into points at the other end. Kieron Achara was able to get his double-double but that one rebound he needed was his only one of the quarter as he and his frontcourt partner, Ali Fraser, who had had a nice second quarter each went scoreless in the third.

The Flyers carried on exactly where they left off as the final quarter began, continuing to score freely and stop Glasgow on almost every trip to the Flyers’ basket. Glasgow had dug themselves a hole and for the first 15 minutes of the half they scored just 12 points. The Flyers in comparison had scored 38.

Daniel Edozie began to contribute late on as it seemed the Flyers were beginning to tire, the former Iowa State Cyclone, grabbing six rebounds in the quarter to go with six points. In the final four minutes of the game, Glasgow seemed to decide they wanted to play some basketball again and scored 16 quick points so Edozie’s contributions were vital in Bristol holding their lead.

Flyers held the Rocks scoreless for six minutes in the third to re-take the lead.

Glasgow somehow put up a crazy 27 shots in the final period, but it was a case of quantity over quality as their shooting percentage dropped to just 33%.

The Flyers had to rely on free throws late on as Glasgow tried to get the ball back quickly. If you’ve read any of my columns before you know how much importance I put on shots from the line and this time around the Flyers were super-efficient. Bristol made 8/9 for the quarter and 16/18 for the game as a whole. Adam Weary came up clutch making all five of his at the back-end of the game, joining four other Flyers in making 100% of their free opportunities.

The Weary and Edozie combination gave the home side 12 bench points in the final quarter as Bristol were able to hold on and take the win. The performance was mostly attributed to the incredible turnaround where Bristol went from being behind 33-45 at the half to leading 71-57 and giving Glasgow far too much of a hill to climb with five minutes to go.


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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