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Bristol Flyers 2015/16 Season Review: October

Our look back at Bristol Flyers' 2015/16 season continues with the best of the action from the month of October.

Friday, October 2nd 2015: Leeds Force 71-68 Bristol Flyers 

After a tough start to the BBL season, Flyers hoped to steal a win away as they were hosted by Leeds Force.

Force took an early and commanding lead behind guard Louis Sayers, who led the hosts with a joint team-high 17 points on the night.  

Leeds went into the fourth quarter with the view to finish Bristol off. But the Flyers came storming back into the game. Surged by a Mathias Seilund 19 point performance, the visitors were within touching distance of stealing a precious away win. Though the comeback would fall short and Flyers failed to earn their first win of the season. 

Thursday, October 8th 2015: London Lions 64-76 Bristol Flyers 

Flyers starting sluggish, finishing the first quarter 20-13 down before a storming third quarter saw them bag 28 points to head into the fourth up 60-52.

The visitors had been in this situation before, but this time Flyers kept Captain Greg Streete's words firmly in mind.  Streete, who had called out the Flyers to start finishing teams off, added ten points and ten rebounds to help close out the game. 

But it wasn't only Streete who was carrying the offensive load. With terrific performances from debutant Tryone Lee and Cardell McFarland scoring 15 and 25 points respectively, the Flyers were led to their first league win of the season.

Take a look through some of the best Bristol Flyers images from October of the 2015/16 season.

Saturday, October 10th 2015: Bristol Flyers 71-84 Newcastle Eagles 

Flyers started aggressively, getting the crowd off their feet with back-to-back scores from new signing Tyrone Lee. Lee was the focus of the quarter, scoring eight of the Flyers first quarter haul of 25 points. The Eagles' outside touch abandoned them at this point, turning instead to their defence and transition game, bagging 14 points from Flyers' turnovers

Eagles’ second-half tactics were evident from the get-go, Lee receiving the ball for Flyers in the mid-post before the Newcastle defence collapsed on him, forcing a break in play. The extra defensive attention did not phase the American, as he came back for a monster two-handed dunk only minutes later.

Continued heroics from Lee were not enough to mount a comeback, Newcastle’s potent offence proving too much for Flyers to handle. The Eagles opened the final quarter by choking the Flyers offence, and though Bristol would get back to within 15, the comeback was short-lived, Eagles sealed game to claim the win 71-84. 

Saturday, October 17th 2015: Plymouth Raiders 77-88 Bristol Flyers (BBL Cup)

Flyers opened the cup game looking to limit their early season turnover issues, however Bristol struggled to implement the plan. Plymouth ran off eight points from turnovers alone in the first half, taking a 44-43 lead heading into the break.

Bristol came into the second half with more discipline and took more care of the ball, liming Plymouth to only three points off turnovers in the second half. This continued effort to take care of the ball allowed Flyers offence to flourish, which saw five Flyers score double figures led by Mathias Seilund with 23 points and double-doubles from Doug McLaughlin-Williams and Tyrone Lee.

Strong shooting from the Flyers saw them build a ten point lead mid-way through the fourth quarter, a deficit that proved too much for a Raiders side averaging just 37% from the field - Flyers ran out 77-88 winners, keeping their 100% winning record over their south-west rivals alive.

Friday, October 23rd 2015: Bristol Flyers  99-90 Manchester Giants 

In the closing game of October, Flyers gave their home fans a fantastic performance. The team started the game by isolating Tyron Lee in the post, which resulted in the American rebounding his own miss and putting it back for the opening basket. On his way to an 11 point first quarter, Lee jammed it with a crowd pleasing right handed dunk.

Flyers were reaping the benefit of a clever high pressure defensive set. Bristol rotated the spear head of the defence, Roy Owen, Streete and McFarland all taking turns to harass Manchester's ball handlers. Bristol were working hard defensively, but Manchester were right there with them. Giants were led by an impressive Stefan Gill, who shot 100% from the field in the first half.

But just as it seemed that Bristol had let Manchester back into the game, Flyers went on an offensive tear. A stretch that saw three straight three-pointers from Doug Mclaughlin-Williams, another three-pointer from Greg Streete and a score by  McFarland on a give-and-go with a crafty back door cut to gave Flyers a 13 point lead that they never relinquished.