Bristol Flyers 2015/16 Season Review: March
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We conclude our look back at Bristol Flyers’ 2015/16 season with a review of April.
Friday, April 1st 2016: Newcastle Eagles 90-65 Bristol Flyers
Flyers were without Cardell McFarland after suffering a concussion in the previous weekend's defeat to Leicester Riders. Eagles had not been in action since suffering a damaging defeat to the Riders two weeks ago, but their determination was evident as they started the game strong and did not look back.
The lead reached 22 by half-time and from that point on it seemed there was no way back for Flyers, whose faint hopes of the reaching the BBL play-offs were all-but ended. Joe Chapman led five Eagles in double-figure scoring with 17 points whilst Scott Martin had an 11 point, 12 rebound double-double.
Tyrone Lee was the high man with 19 points for Andreas Kapoulas’ side, who slipped to a fourth straight defeat, as Newcastle came out on top 90-65.
Saturday , April 9th 2016: Bristol Flyers 77-82 Worcester Wolves
Flyers entered the game facing the gruelling task of needing to go 4-0 to finish the season in order to qualify for the BBL play-offs. The home team went straight to work going on an early 12-4 run to open the quarter. Despite the home team shooting 56%, they only led 23-20 after the first period.
The offensive success continued into the second quarter for both teams. Flyers attacked from the three-point-line, shooting seven from 11 for the half. Wolves countered this with quick ball movement and finding high percentage shots inside.
In the second half, Wolves implimented a strong defensive stand. Worcester forced multiple turnovers early in the third. They also began to score with greater regularity and ran away with a double digit lead. Flyers finished the game surprisingly flat, turning the ball over, unable to beat the Wolves tough defence. Though Flyers would bring the game within one possession in the final minutes, Wolves put the game away with timely free throws.Bristol walked off their home court, defeated 77-82.
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Sunday, April 10th 2016: Plymouth Raiders 70-78 Bristol Flyers
Less than 24 hours after Flyers saw their play-off hopes burried with a home defeat, Bristol visited their south-west rivals, Plymouth Raiders. Flyers' own play-off ambitions were over but they still had a say on the battle for the remaining places.
The Raiders raced out of the blocks with a 14-4 start and looked in command with a 23-11 advantage at the end of the first period. However, Streete and Mathias Seilund led the revival for their side as the Flyers battled back to within three at half-time.
Raiders had no answer for Greg Streete. Flyers were lead by their captain, with Streete putting in a season-high 30 points. Plymouth wanted to rain on Streete's parade and went on a second half run with seven unanswered points. This brought the home team within five points in the final moments. But unlike the previous day’s performance, Flyers put Raiders away with two clutch daggers from Seilund to claim the season series against Plymouth.
Saturday , April 16th 2016: Bristol Flyers 65-78 London Lions
Flyers came into the game having not made the play-offs for the first time in twelve seasons, wanting to send their loyal fans home with a season finale win. However, Lions had not read the script and began the game looking like a team gearing up for a long play-off run. Flyers countered with a conscious effort to get to the basket, with some success. However, Flyers' offensive spurt was silenced with a flurry of Lions baskets.
Flyers opened the second half looking for a change in momentum, putting an emphasis on freeing up their outside shooters. And it worked. Bristol scored five three-pointers, slashing the deficit. The home team also forced the issue on defence, active hands drawing deflections and disrupting the Lions' attack. Suddenly London could not score, a drought that lasted as many as four minutes. Though Flyers spirited 18-10 run begged the question; was there one last twist in Bristol's season?
Flyers entered their final quarter and their offence was ignited by a ten point barrage by Tom Tinsley; two corner threes and two inside jump shots. The comeback continued, Flyers' matched Lions basket for basket, forcing a 24-second violation, followed by Daniel Edozie scrambling for last gasp block on the next possession .The home teams' comeback ran out of steam and Flyers could just not cut the gap to single digits. Lions began spreading the ball around the perimeter on every attack, in an effort to milk the clock. Flyers battled from behind all game and their comeback was just not enough. Bristol's 2015/16 final home game ended with a loss, the final score 65-78.
Sunday , April 17th 2016: Manchester Giants 78-60 Bristol Flyers
Flyers finished their second season in the BBL away to Manchester Giants. There was little between the two sides in the early stages with the Giants narrowly edging a low-scoring opening period. However, the home side broke clear in the second with a 12-4 opening before player-coach Yorick Williams extended the lead to 15 points with a three midway through the quarter.
The Flyers produced a strong close to the half to trim the deficit and continued their momentum in the third as they cut the gap to just two points at 42-40. Triples either side of the third quarter buzzer from Williams put his side back into the ascendancy and they never looked back.
A controlling 14-2 run secured the win for the Giants with Greg Streete top scoring for the visitors with 20 points as his side dropped to a 9-24 record to finish in 10th in the league. Daniel Edozie fired in a three at the buzzer to complete a double-double after collecting 18 rebounds to go with 12 points.
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