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'Flyers Beginning To Take Control'

“Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat” – Dean Smith

Bristol Flyers got the better of Manchester Giants this weekend as they posted their biggest ever points total in the BBL running out 99-90 winners.

Flyers and Giants have a healthy rivalry going back to 2007 and it’s great to see Greg Streete and Stefan Gill still going at each other nearly a decade later. Back in my day, Manchester usually got the better of us but times have changed and the SGS WISE crowd got the performance I’d been hoping for on Friday night.

Catching fire

Half of Doug McLaughlin-Williams 18 points against Manchester Giants came in the space of just 60 seconds during the second quarter.

There’s no better indicator of improved team ball movement than a few open Doug McLaughlin-Williams threes and he didn’t hesitate to take his opportunities, converting 6/7 three point attempts.

Offense working well

Despite Manchester not pressuring the ball and passing lanes at the same intensity we saw from Newcastle Eagles at WISE, I can’t take away from Flyers' vastly improved offensive cohesion which saw them rack up an impressive 99 points. When Flyers share the ball and play with such confidence it quickly becomes obvious just how many offensive weapons they possess.

Once again five players finished in double-digit scoring. Tyrone Lee, Cardell McFarland and Mathias Seilund all played well. Daniel Edozie also made a good contribution from the bench in 17 minutes of play.

For me Greg Streete rightfully earned his spot on the BBL team of the week. The first really strong performance I’ve seen this year from him, he did a lot of everything on Friday night and is starting to play with the confidence that allows him to showcase his considerable talent.

Flyers keep composure

Final flourish

The 57 points scored by Flyers and Giants in the final period represent the third highest scoring fourth quarter in the BBL so far this season.

The fourth quarter saw the lead rapidly vanish to as little as 3 points resulting from a flurry of Giants baskets, leaving Flyers on the verge of collapse.  The difference was that Flyers were able to ride the storm and regain control, a sign of emerging toughness which has no doubt pleased coach Kapoulas.

Yes 90 conceded points probably is too many, however Flyers are starting to embrace the offensive system, find the open man and keep control of games when the going gets tough.

Coaches Burns and Kapoulas now have ten days to prepare for Glasgow Rocks at the SGS WISE Arena who have lost their last two games and will be looking to turn their fortunes around. If Flyers can improve defensive rotation and close outs to shooters whilst continuing to limit turnovers and playing with offensive poise they have every chance of keeping the winning streak alive.

Can Flyers continue their good form - click here to buy tickets to Flyers v Rocks at the SGS WISE Arena on Saturday, November 7th.

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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