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Aaron Eamer

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Posted Monday, October 7th 2019

Five things we learned from Flyers v Wolves

Flyers hosted Worcester Wolves on Saturday night, looking to return to winning ways after a disappointing performance against London City Royals.

Club statistician Aaron Eamer picks out five talking points from the 94-96 overtime loss.

BOX SCORE


EASY SHOTS

In the first quarter the Flyers built an 11-point lead based on making easy shots. Almost 90% of Bristol’s points were scored from within the paint, accounting for 16 of the team’s 25 points for the quarter. This meant that the home-side scored eight times in the paint.

Unfortunately, they would only score on 14 more occasions from the same range in the remaining 35 minutes of play.


TOO MANY THREES

With the Flyers being so good at scoring in the paint, it’s rare that a team at this level will have both great inside and outside scoring. For Bristol, they were no anomaly - the home side shot just 6/23 for the game from long-range, a total of just over 26% made.

Levi Bradley, Lewis Champion and Fred Thomas were the only three players to hit from deep, combining for 6/17 (35.3%).


PERIMETER DEFENCE

The Worcester comeback began at the end of the third quarter, where they were able to cut the lead to nine points. This was based on the travelling side making 9/12 from two-point range. On that basis, the Flyers could be forgiven for defending inside but Worcester changed their game in the fourth.

The Wolves would shoot as many threes in the fourth as they had for the rest of the game combined. And it worked as they made 70% of their shots from distance in the quarter. Where I said earlier that it was rare that a team could score from inside and out, the Wolves had found that late in the game.


BENCH SCORING

The difference in rotations during the game for the two sides was huge. The Flyers rotated eight players clocking more than 13 minutes, with only one player on court for over 34 minutes of play.

In comparison Worcester used seven, with one of those playing under three minutes in regulation and three playing for over 37 minutes. Those three players each added eight points or more in the fourth quarter to tie the game up.

The Worcester Wolves bench added zero points for the entire game. Every point scored was by a player in the starting line-up.


FOUL TROUBLE

Early in overtime, Raheem May-Thompson fouled out for Worcester which may have seemed like a positive for the Flyers, as the forward was a Wolves starter. But on a huge off-night, it was far from it.

With May-Thompson on the court, the Wolves were outscored by 17 points. And with him playing just 17 seconds of overtime, it cleared out that liability for the away side to tighten up on D - which they did.

Worcester allowed just two shots from the Flyers to fall, leaving them to rely on eight points from the line to keep them in the game.

It wasn’t enough.


About the contributor

A passionate fan of basketball since 2004, Aaron briefly played at SGS (then Filton College) under Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas.

Fast forward a number of years, Aaron now contributes to recording the statistics for the Flyers home games as a club Statistician, you’ll often find him sat at the table courtside taking stats into his laptop at every home game.

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