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Bristol Flyers 2015/16 Season Review: December

Flyers faced just one home game in December as our 2015/16 season review continues.

Friday, December 4th 2015: Surrey Scorchers 89-81 Bristol Flyers

Bristol and Surrey entered this contest with the season series tied at one game apiece, each squad hoping to secure the bragging rights for the final BBL game of the season between the sides. With a fully fit roster to choose from, Bristol were confident that they could seal the series with a win over Surrey.

The opening stages were close between two sides with similar records so far in the BBL, Scorchers eventually edging the first 24-22. It was nip and tuck again in the second with Flyers' starting five all contributing points, Bristol taking a 44-41 lead into half-time.

Threes from Streete and McLaughlin-Williams early in the third saw Flyers extend that lead to six points, but some solid plays from Scorchers saw the home side eat into that lead to reduce it to three at the end of the third. Flyers allowed Surrey to get back on level terms at the start of the fourth, a Daniel Edozie foul seeing Scorchers cut the lead to one before a two from Andreas Schrieber handed his side the lead for the first time in the second half. Scorchers, led by captain Tayo Ogedengbe with a massive 31 points and 10 rebounds, stretched their lead to six points midway through the fourth quarter, a lead they would hold on to, running out 89-81 winners.

Friday, December 11th 2015: Bristol Flyers 80-79 Plymouth Raiders (OT)

As the Bristol Flyers returned home they looked to continue their stronghold over their South-West rivals the Plymouth Raiders. Raiders started the game strong, slowly building their lead on a balanced offence and hard working defence, containing the Flyers' attack.

Andreas Kapoulas’ side trailed by as many as 12 points during the fourth quarter before Cardell McFarland sparked the comeback. The American guard scored the final four points of regulation from the free-throw line, before Greg Streete came up with a crucial defensive play to force the extra session.

With the momentum now firmly in their favour, Flyers made a strong start in overtime, Mathias Seilund striking from three-point range before McFarland produced the decisive basket.

Sunday, December 13th 2015: Cheshire Phoenix 58-72 Bristol Flyers

After a thrilling overtime victory against Plymouth, Flyers wanted to keep their momentum going on the road against the highly touted Cheshire Phoenix. Phoenix had not only beat Flyers earlier in the season on their home court, but also knocked Bristol out of the BBL Cup in the month previous.

Bristol edged their way to a slender lead at the end of the first, before making a timely 8-2 run before half-time to take a nine-point advantage into the break. The lead extended beyond double digits in the third as Lee and Edozie continued to do the damage inside and on the glass. Facing an 18-point deficit at the start of the fourth, Jordan Williams instigated a revival with nine points in a 12-0 start.

Although Cheshire went on a 12-0 run to start the final period and close within six, Bristol fended off the fightback and responded with a 12-2 run in a devastating spell to secure the victory and avenge their recent BBL Cup Quarter-Final loss at the hands of Cheshire.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015: Leicester Riders 76-68 Bristol Flyers

Flyers had the opportunity to finish the year with a win as they visited the highly seeded Leicester Riders. Searching for a maiden success against their hosts, Bristol initially jumped out onto Riders and opened up a 20-9 lead, which gave an indication that Riders wouldn’t have it their own way. Even when Leicester belatedly got into a rhythm via Great Britain veteran Drew Sullivan who finished with 18 points, Bristol still kept pace.

Cardell McFarland fired from behind the three-point line and helped his team move 43-39 ahead - although Riders then outscored their opponents 14-4 across the third and fourth quarter break, to move 53-47 in front.

Whilst a triple from Greg Streete kept Flyers in contention, TrayVonn Wright began to take flight for Riders. Some trademark dunks illuminated a powerful 13-4 finish to the game in the closing minutes, as Riders wrapped up a hard-fought victory.Neil Watson handed out nine assists for the winning team, while Tyrone Lee had a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

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