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Bristol Flyers 2015/16 Season Review: September

Following a successful first season in the BBL, Flyers began the off season with a lot of positives to build on.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look back at the 2015/16 season in detail, beginning with the opening month of September.

After falling to the eventual 2014/15 BBL champions Newcastle Eagles in the first round of the play-offs, Flyers' went through some personnel changes over summer of 2015. Bristol lost a couple of key players in the off-season, but were able to retain their core of Roy Owen, Doug McLaughlin-Williams, Jordan Ranklin, Mathias Seilund and captain Greg Streete. Flyers retooled with some major signings including Tyrone Lee, Daniel Edozie and Cardell McFarland. The new look Flyers came into the 2015/16 season revitalised with a burning desire to improve on their previous successful season.

Thursday, September 10th: Bristol Flyers 78-82 USA Select (OT)

Flyers started their pre season game well and their debutant Cardell McFarland gave the home crowd a strong performance. Both squads traded runs and kept things close all game.

USA select seemed to have the game wrapped up in the middle of the final period. The Americans led by two with two seconds remaining, Flyers had other ideas however. USA turned the ball over and McFarland converted on the buzzer from Streete’s long pass, cue bedlam at the SGS WISE Arena. After a pause for discussion by the officials, the basket was declared good. Overtime.

Bristol had taken it to overtime but could not put the USA team away. In the final moments, USA big man Austin Steed Jr was fouled and went to the line with 30 seconds left to put the game to bed, 78-82.

Saturday, September 19th: Bristol Flyers 68-71 Surrey Scorchers 

Bristol struggled as Surrey implemented a tough trap defence, forcing Flyers into multiple turnovers in the first half. Scorchers capitalised on this, pushing the break and building a lead.

Flyers came into the second half energised and went on a run. Greg Streete started the charge and scored his first points of the game. Roy Owen quickly hit a 3 pointer, Daniel Edozie on a transition score and Mathias Seilund converted on a three-point-play.

Flyers' defence grew more and more physical, at times too physical, as they put themselves in the penalty towards the end of the game.As the fouls mounted, Surrey put together a run to get them within striking distance. Surrey's Tayo Ogedenge tied the game with a clutch and-1. Then a costly turnover from The Flyers gifted Schreiber a break-away three-point-play, which effectively finished off Bristol. 

Friday, September 25th: Worcester Wolves 78-76 Bristol Flyers

Flyers were sluggish in the early stages finding themselves ten points down as the fourth quarter began. The Bristol side managed to somehow drag themselves back into the game, a 10-2 run helping them take the lead with 1:19 left on the clock.

Spurred on by a great crowd at the Worcester University Arena, the home side gave it one final push, resulting in Flyers' second defeat of the season.

Cardell McFarland top-scored again for Flyers with 24 points whilst Mathias Seilund picked up his own double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Saturday, September 26th: Bristol Flyers 82-90 Cheshire Phoenix 

In the final game of September, Flyers got a helpful lift from a healthy Doug McLaughlin-Williams.

Bristol gave away a fast break straight from the tip, but answered with McFarland’s three pointer and a huge Daniel Edozie dunk to ignite the home crowd. Bristol started the game aggressively, going straight at the Cheshire defence. A balanced attack saw the Flyers take an early lead going into the break.

Phoenix came straight back with a strong offensive flurry to secure a lead over Flyers. Despite shooting a respectable seven for 13, The Flyers were plagued by turnovers and were being beaten in transition. But Bristol put together a charge capped by two straight three pointers by McLaughlin-Williams, to pull the home team to within striking distance. 

In the final period of the game, Flyers were still chasing the game. The home crowd were given something that they won't soon forget. Off a Mathias Seilund miss, Edozie scored a devastating two-hand put-back slam dunk. With such raw power and authority, the dunk moved the basket out of position, requiring an extended time-out to put the hoop back in position. However, Flyers were unable to complete the comeback, resulting in an 0-3 record to end the month of September.

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