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'Dream Weekend But Tougher Challenges Ahead For Flyers’

It was a dream weekend for Coach Kapoulas and everyone involved with Flyers basketball as the team secured two consecutive much needed wins, catapulting them two places up the BBL Championship table.

Playoffs By Christmas?

An away win at Leicester Riders on December 22nd could now see Flyers take a playoff position going into a well-earned Christmas break.

Season High

The 29 points scored by Cardell McFarland on Friday was the most points scored by a Flyer since Bree Perine’s 34, also against Plymouth Raiders, back in February.

Friday night’s nail-biting victory over South West rivals Plymouth Raiders at the SGS WISE Arena was steered by an exemplary performance by guard Cardell McFarland who controlled the 4th quarter and overtime on his way to 29 points.

The battle of the point guards saw Raider’s Josh Wilcher net 26 points and he could easily have been the star of the night himself if it hadn’t been for the ever active Greg Streete coming from the weak side to pin his layup attempt on the final buzzer to force overtime.

With the crowd on their feet, momentum was truly with the Flyers and the coaches must have been both relieved and thrilled with the ability of the team to stay focused and grind out the win.

Keeping The Momentum Going

Riding the wave of confidence into Sunday’s away fixture at Cheshire Phoenix saw an impressive defensive display from Flyers, holding Cheshire to just 58 points on their home court.

No Fire From Phoenix

Flyers limited Phoenix to their lowest points total of the season this Sunday, holding the Cheshire side to just 58.

Flyers won the battle in the paint, both out rebounding and outscoring Cheshire from close range. Daniel Edozie’s impressive 16 point 16 rebound performance in increased minutes earned him a well-deserved spot on the BBL Team of the week.

Flyers now have just under a week to prepare for a much tougher challenge. Can the momentum of last weekend give Flyers the self-belief that they can come away with a road win at high flying Leicester?

One thing for sure is that Leicester’s Rob Paternostro, aware that Flyers have convincingly beaten both London Lions and Cheshire Phoenix on the road this year will be taking no risks and preparing his team for a tough game on Tuesday night.

Bristol Flyers are next in home action against Worcester Wolves in the BBL Trophy on Saturday, January 9th at 7.30pm - buy tickets online here.

Written by Tom Hutchinson - Tom played for Bristol Flyers from its inception in National League division three and was part of the roster that won promotions to divisions two and one before injury forced his early retirement.

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