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Flyers At The Double

The Bristol Flyers hot start to life in the BBL continued this weekend after defeating the Plymouth Raiders to advance to the second round of the BBL cup on Saturday, before hitting to the road to beat the Manchester Giants on Sunday.

On Saturday, The Flyers defeated local rivals Plymouth Raiders 93-92 in a double-overtime thriller in their BBL Cup first round clash. Doug Herring Jr and Mathias Seilund combined for 50 points in Saturday’s cup win. Picking up their second south-west derby win of the season - having beaten their rivals in the BBL Championship on the opening night of the season.

It was an early 12-0 run that gave the Flyers the upper hand throughout the game, and they still held a handy 20-11 lead at the end of the opening period after Raiders had finally arose from their offensive slumber.

Flyers had a great chance to win at the end of regulation, before a roller-coaster affair saw Plymouth with a superb opportunity to sneak it in the first overtime period.

It was Flyers who came out on top as a one-handed dunk by Mathias Seilund and a couple of baskets by Doug Herring down the eventual stretch, finally got them over the line.

Doug Herring Jr finished the game with 26pts, whilst Danish forward Mathias Seilund added 24. Flyers US forward Alif Bland finished with a 19pt and 14 rebound double-double.

Following Saturday’s final buzzer Flyers captain Greg Streete reflected: “It was great to win. Credit our mental toughness –we did great things to stay in game.”

On Sunday the Flyers returned to league action giving the Manchester Giants their first home defeat of the season, as Bristol became the second of the BBL’s new boys to beat them this weekend.

After seeing off two of the league’s top teams in the shape of Sheffield and Worcester in recent weeks, the Giants were on a high, but a strong shooting performance from both Doug Herring Jr and Doug McLaughlin-Williams, who combined for 8/14 from behind the three point line, helped the Flyers defeat the Giants 82-73 improving the Flyers to a 3-1 record in the league.

Flyers’US guard Doug Herring Jr helped himself to a game-high 23 points. Whilst Mathias Seilund finished with 18pts shooting, 12/13 from the foul line, to go along with 5 rebounds.