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Posted: Saturday, May 23rd 2020
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With no BBL action 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 a double header of junior basketball at Bristol Metropolitan Academy on Saturday afternoon. Flyers Under 18 II get us started as they host Vale Vipers for a 1pm tip-off. Flyers Under-16 girls have the headline slot for their subsequent game against Surrey Blue Storm (3pm tip-off).
Flyers II are currently third in the Division Three South table with a 9-4 record. They beat Swindon Shock 68-102 last weekend and have won their last six games on the bounce. Shock dropped to fifth place with a 7-5 record, but are not out of the play-off chase just yet.
The team have a weekend off before playing at home against eighth place Barking Abbey (2-11) on Saturday, March 2nd (5.30pm tip-off at SGS WISE).
“With three games remaining, we have a chance to not only finish in play-off position, but also compete for a top two spot,” said player/coach Roy Owen.
“Our last game against Swindon was a huge testament to the hard work the guys have put in over the season. After losing to that team earlier in the year, we made it one our goals to beat them the next time we played.
“Our overall goal is to win the Division three play-offs, so for that to happen, we have to keep improving every game and in practice. The next big challenge is against Barking, so our only focus right now is on beating them.”
Flyers Women completed a double winning weekend to remain at the top of WNBL Division One with a 12-2 record. They won a pair of six-point wins, first beating Reading Rockets at home 67-61 on Saturday and then defeating Team Solent Kestrels 66-72 on the road on Sunday.
The Flyers’ road trips keep on coming this Saturday, when they will be travelling once again, this time to Cambridge to take on Anglia Ruskin.
With a 9-3 record, Anglia Ruskin are one of the contenders looking to knock the Flyers off the top spot come the end of the season, and they have been part of many close affairs so far – there were five points between them and the Flyers back in November.
The Flyers’ top defensive player, Becky Cantin, will likely see some competition from her opposite number Najha Treadwell, one of the top rebounders in the league with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game this season.
The Flyers Women are back at home the following weekend. They play Southwark Pride at WISE on Saturday March 2nd in the midst of a full day of basketball (3.30pm tip-off).
Flyers remain at third place in the Central Premier division with a 7-2 record. They picked up a huge victory against the previously undefeated Team Birmingham Elite last Saturday. Flyers got out to an early lead but found it difficult to sustain their scoring through the second and third period, allowing the visitors to build up a 20 point lead. A fourth quarter resurgence saw them pour in 32 points while allowing just ten to claim the win.
Flyers have three games remaining and hold the head to head tiebreaker over Oaklands. Their fixture away in Birmingham against Elite will be crucial in deciding the final standings and with all their remaining games on the road it will be a challenging few weeks.
The team are on the road on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion. The two teams met a WISE back in November and Flyers claimed a 72-62 victory with a huge second quarter key to keeping the visitors at bay. Albion are just below Flyers in fourth place with a 5-5 record and will be looking to avenge their road loss.
Flyers U18 II fell to a 3-12 record in the South West Conference. They had a tough game on the road losing 89-58 to second place Torbay Tigers (11-4). Nevertheless this was a significant improvement on the 34-97 defeat Tigers inflicted when they came to Bristol last year and a reflection of the hard work the team are doing.
Another significant test is ahead of the team as first place Vale Vipers (12-3) come to Bristol on Saturday. The teams will clash at Bristol Metropolitan Academy (1pm tip-off) in the first fixture of the club’s home highlight double header this week. When Flyers travelled to Cowbridge in November, they returned from the Vipers with a stinging 78-47 defeat. Coach Bourne’s team will once again look to put the developments they have made in training into practice against tough opposition.
Flyers U16 Boys improved to a 13-4 record in the Premier Central division when the team claimed a 72-75 away win against Southend Rockets last weekend. The margin was close throughout out the game, but Flyers managed to finish every quarter with a small lead and hold on for the win.
The boys make the long drive East to return to Essex this weekend and play Chelmsford Lions on Saturday. With a further five games to play and second place Milton Keynes Trojans just one win ahead at 14-4, every game is important in determining their final position in the league.
"It was a tough win for us last weekend versus Southend," said head coach Ieuan Alex-Jones.
"They threw a lot at us changing their defence throughout the game and a stand out performance from their GB U16 guard. The boys played well and stay composed to grind out a good win."
Flyers Under-16 Girls maintain their position at the top of the South West division, with a 10-1 record.
Their sole loss to Cardiff Met Archers may still cost them the top spot as the 9-0 Archers have games in hand. The team will be closer to home this weekend as they will be taking on the Surrey Blue Storm at WISE on Saturday (3pm tip-off).
This game is a holdover from earlier in the month, when weather conditions saw it called off. Since then, the Flyers have extended their unbeaten run to seven after a convincing win against the Surrey Rams on February 9th.
The teams last met in January - and Surrey will presumably still be feeling sore after being dispatched 102-27. They clawed back dignity in their most recent outing, winning over the Reading Rockets by 15 points, and if they are able to build on this form they may give the Flyers more of a contest this time out.
The U14 Boys improved to third in the Premier South division at 11-4. They came through their home double header weekend with one win and one loss. On Saturday they were defeated by table topping London United 56-70, but they bounced back with a 92-47 win against Surrey Rams.
The team are away against second place Sussex Bears (12-1) this weekend. When the Bears came to Bristol in November they caused a 66-69 upset. Flyers had an excellent second quarter in that game and held the lead at half-time, but a low scoring third quarter proved costly. Consistency will be key if they are to reverse the result on the road. The boys are back at home on Saturday, March 2nd against Winchester City Royals.
Flyers U14 II’s next games have been brought forward to Sunday, March 3rd when they host a tournament with Cardiff Met Archers and Torbay Tigers at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe.
The U14s are back in action on Saturday, March 2nd in the South West league and then play in the girl's Glos CVL on the following day. The U12s and U10s are hard at work in training for the next couple of weeks to prepare for their games later in the season.
Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol - check out the community section of the website for more information.
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