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Posted Thursday, February 15th 2018

Around the club - weekend preview

The free home highlight this weekend is Bristol Flyers Women vs Loughborough Student Riders on Saturday, February 17th.

Head over to the SGS WISE Arena for a 4pm tip to show your support and get a good seat for the BBL game that follows on from this fixture (ticket required).


Under 18s looking to bounce back

Bristol Flyers U18s v Southwark Legends
NBL Premier South Division
Saturday, February 17th (2pm)

The home games begin this Saturday at 2pm when the Under 18 first team play Southwark Legends in National Basketball League (NBL) Premier South Division.

Flyers currently hold second place in the division table with a record of twelve wins and six losses. Southwark Legends are in eighth place with eight wins and eleven losses and are new to the division this year. Flyers were scheduled to travel to play Legends in November but the Legends had to forfeit that game so the teams are still yet to face one another this season.

The Flyers suffered a bitter one point defeat on the road against London United last weekend, 64-63, so Coach Chris Bourne will be looking for his team to bounce back. Flyers face tough competition for the top spots in the division from London Thunder-Lewisham (currently first 17 wins and two losses), Southwark Pride (12 wins and four losses), London United (11 wins and seven losses) and Reading Rockets (10 wins and five losses) so a win here is key in maintaining their hold on the second spot.

SGS Academy Student AJ Edu was recently selected for the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Los Angeles and will be one to watch in this game.


Women to consolidate second place?

Bristol Flyers Women v Loughborough Student Riders
NBL Division One
Saturday, February 17th (4pm)

Bristol Flyers Women v Lancashire Spinners
NBL Division One
Sunday, February 18th (4pm)

Bristol Flyers Women play the visiting Loughborough Student Riders at the WISE Arena at 4pm in NBL Division One.

This is the first of a pair of back-to-back fixtures for the Flyers Women over the weekend where they will be looking to continue their winning ways and solidify their hold on the second place spot.

Their record stands at 11 wins and four losses and they beat Anglia Ruskin University on the road last Saturday 82-77. Point guard Maialen Zilbeti lead the team in scoring with 19 points on their last outing so will be one to watch in this game.

The Student Riders are in seventh place with a record of six wins and nine losses. Riders did beat Flyers in the away leg of the match up back November, 56-52, so Flyers will need to stay focused to even up the season series.

Entry for the Under 18s and Women’s games at WISE is free so if you have already purchased tickets for the BBL game in the evening this is a great chance to get warmed up and see some more Flyers basketball at no extra cost. If the WISE arena sells out for the BBL game again then the Division One Women’s game is an alternative high level game you would be welcome to watch instead.

The evening ends with the big game in the BBL, with Worcester Wolves visiting the WISE Arena. The tip-off is at 7.30pm and tickets are selling rapidly so be sure to book in advance if you plan to come and watch.

On Sunday, the Division One Women’s team play the second leg of their back-to-back home games for the weekend. This time the opposition are Lancashire Spinners and the tip off is again at 4pm at WISE.

Lancashire are fifth but their record of nine wins and five losses is not too far away from Flyers' record. This is the only home game of the Sunday so please come along and show your support. Also on Sunday the Under 14 girls will head into central Bristol for an away game against local rivals Bristol Storm at St Mary Redcliffe School.


Flyers on the road

Dorset Storm v Bristol Flyers U16s
NBL South West Division
Saturday, February 17th (1.30pm)

Dorset U18s v Bristol Flyers U18s
NBL South West Conference
Saturday, February 17th (3.30pm)

ROAR v Bristol Flyers U12s
Saturday, February 17th (1.45pm)

Torbay Tigers v Bristol Flyers U12s
Saturday, February 17th (3.15pm)

Oxford City Hoops v Bristol Flyers II
NBL Division 4
Sunday, February 18th (3pm)

We also have three teams out on the road on Saturday.

The Under 16 team and Under 18 second team both travel to Dorset for a pair of away fixtures. The Under 16 team face Dorset Storm at 1.30pm and the Under 18 Conference team follows them at 3.30pm.

The Under 16s play in the NBL South West Division and are currently in fifth place with a record of 11 wins and seven losses. Dorset U16 trail them in ninth place with four wins and 15 losses.

Flyers won the home leg of the season series 76 to 45 and will also hope to carry their momentum on from a thrilling comeback win over Vale Vipers at WISE last weekend where Coach Ieuan Thomas’ boys rallied from 22 points down at the start of the fourth and delivered a 28 to four quarter to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Under 18 second team play in the NBL South West Conference and are currently second in the league with a record of 12 wins and 1 loss. First place Vale Vipers look like they could be caught with 12 wins and three losses.

Flyers confidence was boosted by a convincing 92 to 59 victory over Vale last Saturday with Marvin Dinnall and Nassim Ladjimi leading the scoring with 25 and 21 points respectively.

A win in Dorset would see Flyers take the top spot from Vale. Dorset U18 are eighth in the conference with four wins and 11 losses. Flyers won the home leg of the season series 87 to 34 so Coach Darren Oakey will look to carry that success with them on the road South.

The under 12s are headed back to Gloucester College for another day of regional basketball. They will be joined in Gloucester by team ROAR from Hereford and Torbay Tigers. Flyers play against ROAR at 1.45pm and Tigers at 3.15pm.

Outside of Bristol on Sunday the men’s second team will travel to Oxford for a NBL Division 4 South West fixture. They will face Oxford City Hoops at 3pm. Flyers beat Oxford Stealers at home 99 to 62 last weekend with a couple of high flying dunks from Curtly Ferguson punctuating the victory. The win saw Flyers’ record improve to 11 wins and two losses; they continue to close in on league leaders Huish Taunton Tigers who have a record of 12 wins and two losses.

Oxford City Hoops are seventh in the standings with seven wins and eight losses. Flyers beat Hoops at home back on Saturday 11 November 2017 86 to 59. Hoops forward Desta Rudder-Smith is averaging 17 points per game, has led the team in scoring five times this season and did so against Flyers last time. Coach Ehjaz Khan will need to plan to limit his opportunities to secure another win.

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