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Posted Monday, October 14th 2019

Five things we learned from the South West derby

Bristol Flyers returned to winning ways following a two-game skid, with a 92-72 win over their south west rivals Plymouth Raiders.

Club statistician Aaron Eamer picks out five key talking points from the 20-point win.

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FIRST QUARTER RUN

After a close start, the Flyers’ 10-0 run to finish the first quarter was huge in setting the pace for the game ahead. The run would ultimately be part of the biggest run of the game and it was much closer through the rest of the night.

The home side would outscore Plymouth in every period of the game, but none quite like that run in the first which really set the tone and put the Raiders on the back foot.


OFFENSIVE BOARDS

One of the major plus points for the Flyers, especially in the first half was the ability to grab offensive rebounds and therefore, gain extra possessions.

The Flyers were able to pull in six offensive rebounds in each of the first two quarters, whilst Plymouth grabbed a combined two over the same period. That gave the Flyers 10 extra offensive possessions than the away side and you don’t need to know anything about basketball to realise, if you have more shots, you have more chances to score. 


THIRD QUARTER FIGHT

The third quarter was a bit different to what we’re used to seeing, not just from Bristol but in any basketball game.

Both teams committed over ten fouls each in the ten-minute quarter, meaning we saw more than one foul per 30 seconds of play. With the game being so choppy it didn’t allow for much fluidity as both teams headed to the foul line for almost as many shots as they took from the field.

The Flyers who have shown signs of weakness from the line in recent weeks did well, making 8/11, whilst the Raiders’ 14/17 was enough to keep them in the game, but still behind by 18.


FORCING THREES

The Flyers defence did a great job against the Raiders, not just in limiting overall scoring but making the Raiders take shots they didn’t want to take.

Plymouth finished the game having shot 21 three-point shots, making just 3. That’s just over a 14% hit-rate.

It’s obvious that the easiest place to score from is as close to the basket as possible so the ability to keep Plymouth from getting to the basket was much improved and played a huge part in keeping the game in their hands.


BENCH CLOSING THE GAME

In the fourth quarter, despite an 18-point advantage, the game still had to be closed professionally and the Flyers turned to the bench.

The Flyers though, scored 25 points in the fourth and it was the bench and Daniel Edozie - the only starter to score in the final ten minutes, combining for all of them.

Edozie who had a total of two points before the fourth quarter begun, added 12 in the final ten minutes. The big-man also added four rebounds and a block to finish with a double-double. 


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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