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Friday, November 8th 2019
With no BBL game this weekend, we take a look at what's going on around the club away from the Bristol Flyers first team.
This week's home highlight is the National Basketball League Division Two Men's game. Flyers will face the visiting Derbyshire Arrows at WISE in their first meeting of the season at 3.30pm.
Bristol Flyers II will host Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday for the two sides first clash in senior national league this year. The 3.30pm tip at WISE will see some familiar faces from the BBL return to WISE for the first time in two years. Sharp-shooting brothers George and Eddy Brownell, formerly of the Sheffield Sharks BBL squad, have been a key part of the Arrows set up since last season. Derby mainstay Joseph Baugh will also be one to watch in the fixture having had a 20 point, 12 rebound game last weekend. Both Flyers and Arrows are attempting to bounce back from away losses this week. Flyers will be bolstered by the return of veterans Curtly Ferguson and Jermaine Major to the squad.
Flyers lost a challenging road game against Myerscough College, 83-69. SGS student rookie Marvin Dinnall continues to perform well in his first season of senior basketball, leading the team in scoring with 17 points against Myerscough. Flyers’ record now stands at 2-3 in Division Two North and they are in seventh place. Coach Chris Bourne will be looking for his team to keep their unbeaten home record and catch up to Arrows with a win.
Flyers sit at mid-table in the Division One Women’s table after a home defeat by Anglia Ruskin last weekend, 60-75. Their 2-2 record sees them in sixth place and they will be keen to recapture the better form that saw them win the league last season.
They will have a challenging road trip to Ipswich on Saturday November 9th. Ipswich exploited their speed to score multiple baskets on the fast break and claim a 68-85 victory at WISE in the first game of the season. Since then Ipswich players Harriet Welham and Cameron Taylor-Willis have both made regular appearances in the league’s top scorers - Flyers will need to find ways to slow them down to be successful.
Flo Ward had a 26 point game for Flyers last time out and will be looking to continue her strong shooting into the away fixture. The Flyers front court were particularly successful against Ipswich last time out with new signing Megan Stroud and veteran Michelle Tattersall both getting into double figure scoring.
Flyers Women will be back at home a week later, playing at WISE on Saturday November 16th against a strong Team Solent Kestrels side.
Flyers suffered their first defeat of the U18 Premier season on the road against Team Birmingham Elite on Sunday. A strong third quarter saw Flyers pull ahead but Birmingham were able to limit their scoring in the last quarter to just six points and come back to claim the game 67-64. The win sees Birmingham secure the top spot as the last undefeated team in the league. Flyers are currently fourth with a 3-1 record.
They will travel West to play Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday November 10th before returning to WISE for a home game against City of Birmingham Rockets on Saturday November 16th.
Coach Ieuan Alex Jones will have to put old allegiances aside against his former club; Flyers can overtake Archers with a win this weekend - The Cardiff side were promoted out of the South West conference this year and won both fixtures against Flyers U18 II last season.
Flyers U18 II are currently top of the table in South West Conference. The team’s 5-1 record sees them tied with Truro College Torbay Tigers. First place will be in one team’s sole possession after they face off this Saturday when Flyers host Tigers at WISE for a 1pm tip-off.
Truro beat the visiting Taunton Tigers last weekend, 81-57. With Taunton the only team to beat Flyers, 63-79 back in October at WISE, a win here would be a huge statement of intent to the rest of the league. Flyers also have momentum coming into the game after overcoming a slow start to deliver a comeback away win against Plymouth Raiders last Saturday, 52-74.
Flyers U16 Boys are the only undefeated team in the Central Premier conference with a 4-0 record. Flyers are rested after a week without a game. The break came at a good point for the team as they had to give their all to win a closely contested overtime game against Oakland Wolves on Saturday October 26th with the support of the crowd at WISE giving them a needed boost down the stretch.
The team will travel North on Sunday November 10th to play Leicester Riders. Last season Flyers U16 were able to get wins in both fixtures against Riders and the newest cohort of U16s. This year Leicester are directly behind Bristol in fifth place with a 3-2 record and Flyers will want to keep both their undefeated season streak and the head-to-head streak against Riders.
Flyers U16 Girls are similarly undefeated in their own Central Conference competition. They improved to a 2-0 record with a 40-57 win against Northants Lightning on Sunday. The team remain on the road against County Upper Wolves on Sunday November 10th. the team make their home debut on Saturday, November 16th when they host Reading Rockets (1pm tip-off).
Flyers U14 Boys are seventh in the Premier South division with a 1-2 record. They claimed their first win of the season 57-47 against Sussex Bears on October 19th. With several weeks to focus on training the team are back in action on Saturday November 9th against Lewisham Thunder. The Thunder are just above Flyers in the table with a 1-4 record and lost to Solent Kestrels 60-54 in their last game. Coach Cormac O’Callahan and the boys will be able to overtake Thunder if they can seize a victory in Lewisham.
Flyers U14 Girls are 2-2 in their debut national league season. They are fifth in the South Conference having lost their last two games, falling to Bracknell Cobras 40-58 at home. With time to rest and regroup the team will try to get back to winning ways when they host Southend Rockets on Saturday November 9th (11am tip-off).
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