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Joel Osborne


Posted Thursday, March 22nd 2018

Flyers sign twin brothers Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche

Bristol Flyers have completed the signings of twin brothers, Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche for the remainder of the season.

Both players join the club from Grevenbroich Elephants in the fourth tier of German basketball.

Last season, Malcolm Delpeche averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, whilst his brother Marcus posted 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest on their way to a 21-3 record in the Regionalliga West.

The 22-year-old twins previously played together at Bates College in NCAA Division III, where they became the first Bobcats to play professionally in Europe since 2007.

Malcolm, a 6ft8in centre, led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in blocked shots per game in 2016/17 with a career-high 3.1 per contest, setting Bates’ single-game (7), single season (74) and career (178) rebounds along the way.

His brother Marcus, a 6ft 7in forward, earned first team all-NESCAC honours in his senior year, finishing eighth in the league in scoring (15.1ppg) and third in the league in rebounds, with a career-best 9.7 boards per game.

“It's a great experience. Moving up from the Regionalliga in Germany is really exciting,” Malcolm told Bristol Flyers TV.

“It's always humbling to know that someone is interested in you and wants you to play for their team.

“It's more exciting for us to be in England because we have family here too: our grandmother was born in Jamaica but it was UK territory at the time, we have two aunts who live here and our mum lived in England for a while too.

"It makes recruiting us a lot easier because I know there are rules around the number of Americans you’re allowed on the team.”

"It’ll definitely be easier for us in an English-speaking country,” his brother Marcus added.

“A lot of the time in Germany we would talk to fans and we’d need to look to one of our teammates to be a translator.

“It's going to be really nice to be able to communicate with the fans, especially as we know that the Bristol Flyers are really involved in the community.”

The Delpeche brothers will provide cover for Daniel Edozie and Mike Vigor, who are set to miss the next few games due to their international commitments with England and Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Both Malcolm and Marcus linked up with their fellow teammates this week and are set to make their Bristol Flyers debut on Saturday, March 24th against Cheshire Phoenix.

"We are very pleased to have Marcus and Malcolm on board,” added Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"Both of them come from a good very season in Germany and we are looking for them to make immediate impact in what is a very crucial period for us.

"They will fit our system very well and they are keen to make the most of the opportunity.

"They will give us the necessary depth in our team to ensure we push on with our aspirations for the season."

Image credit: Bates Athletics, Phyllis Graber Jensen, Russ Dillingham