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Posted Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Around The Club – Weekend Preview

The free home highlight this week is Bristol Flyers Under-18s vs Sussex on Saturday, February 24th.

Head over to the SGS WISE Arena for a 2pm tip to show your support! The game is followed by the Men’s Second Team vs Surrey Rams at 4pm, so stick around for more Flyers National League basketball with free entry.


THIS WEEKEND AT WISE

Bristol Academy Flyers U18 vs Sussex Storm U18
NBL Under-18s South Premier Division
Saturday, February 24th (2pm)

Bristol Flyers II vs Surrey Rams
NBL Division 4 Men South West
Saturday, February 24th (4pm)

 


BBL TEAM BACK IN ACTION ON SUNDAY

Bristol Flyers compete in the BBL championship twice this weekend. Following Friday's home game against Surrey Scorchers, Flyers travel down the M5 to play their South West rivals Plymouth Raiders at the Pavillions. Plymouth always put on a good show so if you missed out on tickets for the home game or just want more BBL basketball head South with the team for a 4:00 PM tip. Raiders have just been through a roster upheaval and new signing Eric Eaves will be one to watch in the game.

Credit Damian Pudner

FLYERS UNDER-18s FIRST TEAM

A pair of home games at the WISE Arena start at 2pm on Saturday, when the Under-18s first team play Sussex Storm in National Basketball League (NBL) Premier South Division. The team had mixed results last week with a win at home against Southwark Legends and then a loss on the road to Solent Kestrels. The home win 64 to 54 was enjoyed by a supportive crowd at WISE. The team felt the absence of forward AJ Edu who was participating at the Basketball Without Borders camp in the USA and cracks showed around the number of offensive rebounds allowed. Coach Chris Bourne took the team South the next day and the second half of the back to back games was a tough loss 93 to 48.

Flyers drop from second to third in the league table following the weekend with a record of thirteen wins and seven losses. Sussex are seventh with nine wins and eleven losses. Flyers lost a close game to Sussex on the road on November 26th, 2017 by a margin of just three points - 74 to 71. Coach Bourne will look to use home court advantage to tip the balance on Saturday so your support will be welcome.


FLYERS II LOOK TO CAPTURE FIRST PLACE

Next up on Saturday, the men’s second team face visitors Surrey Rams at the WISE Arena for a 4pm tip-off. Flyers remain tantalisingly close to the top spot in the Division four South West league table with a record of twelve wins and two losses. A win over Oxford City Hoops on the road last weekend has boosted their confidence further. League leaders Huish Taunton Tigers have just one game in hand with a record of thirteen wins and two losses. Tigers do not play this weekend so the fixture between Flyers and Rams is crucial. It marks a real opportunity for the Flyers to wrest the top spot from Tigers if they can secure a win.

Surrey are tenth in the league standing with a record of two wins and eleven losses. However, Surrey gave Flyers a closely fought battle when they visited in January. Flyers came away with a narrow win 72 to 69 on that meeting. Coach Ehjaz Khan will look for his team to cut down on turnovers and execute their offensive plays while maintaining their strong defensive play to put themselves in a position to win the game. Captain Aistis Keliauskas is the hot shooter for the Flyers team having scored 29 points in their last game. Flyers will look to contain scoring from ex-BBL forward Jacob Loveridge and shooting guard Devon James, both of whom have shown themselves capable of doing a lot of damage if not locked down.

Credit Rachael Symons

FLYERS ON THE ROAD

Bristol Academy Flyers U14 vs Northants Thunder U14
NBL Under 14 Midlands West Division
Saturday, February 24th (11:30 AM)

City of London vs Bristol Flyers Women
NBL Division One
Saturday, February 24th (4pm)

Bristol Flyers vs Plymouth Raiders
BBL Championship
Sunday, February 25th (4pm)

 


UNDER-14s HEAD NORTH

The Flyers Under-14s team head up the motorway for an away clash with Northants Thunder in NBL Midlands West division. Flyers remain second in the league with a  record of thirteen wins and two losses. The Thunder are sixth with a six win, nine loss record. Flyers handed them a loss when they came to WISE back on Saturday, 25th November 105 to 37. The U14s team are coming from a weekend without a game so Coach Christian Hill will look to get them back in game mode from the start in order to repeat the outcome.

FLYERS WOMEN BATTLE IN THE CAPITAL

The Women’s First Team head into London for a Division One game on Saturday. They face Southwark Pride at the City of London Academy. Flyers remain second in the league with a record of twelve wins and four losses. Southwark are right behind them in third with ten wins and four losses. The two teams have yet to face each other this season as the home leg of their battle was postponed from November. This is another must win game for Coach Gareth Till’s team.  Flyers had a confident win over Loughborough Student Riders on Saturday, 17th February 68 to 42. #23 Emily Short led the team in scoring for the first time with 15 points last weekend so will be one to watch in this fixture.