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Owen Parker


Posted Tuesday, October 2nd 2018

Analysis » By the numbers - Sharks @ Flyers

Bristol Flyers statistician Owen Parker takes an in-depth look at the key statistics which led to Saturday's big win over Sheffield Sharks.

Flyers matched a club record 32 point margin in their win over Sheffield Sharks on Saturday night. The victory came from a solid team performance, as evidenced by the details of the box score. Flyers shot better from the field, out-rebounded their opponents, forced more turnovers, blocked more shots and assisted on more made baskets on their way to the big win.

Box Score


There was not as much to separate the two teams in a competitive first quarter. Both sides grabbed 11 boards and had two turnovers each, so they both had an equal number of chances to score. Flyers got into the penalty early, with seven team fouls in the quarter and this allowed Sheffield to get easy points at the line, particularly veteran guard Chris Alexander who went 5/5(100%) on free throws.

Flyers were effective from distance at 4/9 (44.4%) but struggled to get shots to fall from two point range going just 1/9 (11.1%) inside. Jalan McCloud was the only Flyer to connect inside the arc in the first quarter.


The second period saw Flyers take back the lead, outscoring Sharks by ten points in the quarter to go ahead 43-36. Bristol found better shots inside, going 7/12 (58.3%) while keeping their outside game strong with 3/7 (42.9%) of three pointers falling.

Fluid ball movement fed the uptick in accuracy with six assists in the quarter. McCloud kept the hot hand, making two threes in the quarter. Flyers were able to turn defensive stops into transition scoring with nine fast break points in thee period.

Sharks’ guard Chris Alexander continued to struggle to score from anywhere but the foul line, he was 0/5 from the floor but 8/8 from the charity stripe at half-time. Flyers also began to out-rebound the Sharks getting 13 boards to Sharks seven in the quarter. 



Flyers took their improved play right straight into the second half to seal the win. They held Sharks to just 24 points in the second half while netting 49 points of their own. Bristol dominated the battle in the paint, scoring more points inside than Sheffield scored in the entire second half, with 26 points coming around the basket including eight points from offensive rebounds.

They continued to outwork their opposition on the glass grabbing 22 rebounds to Sharks 13.  The offensive teamwork and ball movement was evident in another 16 assists in the second half to bring the total to 27.


everal Flyers players really stepped up in the win. I’ve highlighted some great moments from bench contributors Panos Mayindombe and Jordan Nicholls, but Tevin Falzon was also strong off the bench finishing with nine points and six rebounds.

Jalan McCloud and Fred Thomas both had excellent games and really filled up the stat sheet and Marcus Delpeche has made huge strides with the benefit of a full training camp having joined the squad mid-season last year. He logged another double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Flyers Captain Daniel Edozie played an understated but pivotal role in the win. He had an efficient eight points on 3/5 shooting from two-point range and went 100% from the free throw line. He also pulled down nine rebounds including three offensive rebounds - one of three Flyers players to dish out five assists (joined by Lewis Champion and Fred Thomas). 

Edozie was once again the anchor of the Flyers’ defence and his work in controlling the paint paid off. Sharks shot 14/29 (48.3%) from close range for 28 points. In comparison Flyers went 20/31 (64.5%) for 40 points in the paint. He was the lowest scoring starter but had the highest +/- across the whole team at 32 (meaning that Flyers outscored Sharks by 32 points while he was on the floor). The +/- figure is partly influenced by minutes played and would be inflated by him putting in the longest shift across the team with 29:27 logged.

Similarly, Justin Gray had a big impact without logging huge numbers. He showed discipline and leadership on both ends by containing hugely athletic Dirk Williams and keeping the ball moving while taking good shots when they came on offence.

Williams struggled to get to the basket as often as usual and shot poorly from outside. While he was still able to lead the Sharks in scoring with 17 points, it took him 14 shots (42.9% from the floor) to get there. Williams had averaged 19 points on 54% shooting across the preceding two games. Gray did not find it easy to get his shot falling despite sensible shot selection.  He compenated with multiple trips to the free throw line knocking down 5/5. When Gray was on the bench it was Chris Taylor who picked up the difficult defensive assignment and made a success of it.

There were two key areas where Sharks bettered Flyers and those were in drawing fouls (22-18) and at the free throw line - Sharks went 24/30 (80.0%) while Flyers were 17/23 (73.9%). Playing tough defence without fouling is a difficult balance to strike and Flyers were hugely successful on limiting scoring so its hard to be too critical of this small deficit.  

Overall this was a fantastic team performance with everyone making contributions to the win. Flyers will look to carry this high level of performance and consistency into a packed schedule next weekend with Worcester Wolves away on Friday and Glasgow Rocks at home just 24 hours later. They will also need to avoid the pitfalls of back-to-back games and maintain their energy over the full 80 minutes of play combined.

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