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Flyers to host inaugural Vince Marriott Invitational

Bristol Flyers will host Reading Rockets and Surrey Scorchers in a round robin pre-season tournament in September.

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Taking place from 1pm-5.30pm on Saturday September, 17th, the annual tournament will be named the Vince Marriott Invitational, honouring the legacy of former junior Flyers Coach Vince Marriott who made an incredible contribution to basketball in the area and sadly passed away in April last year.

The day will consist of three shorter-length exhibition games, which will be each be played with an Elam ending - a format which has been has been popularised in the Canadian CBEL, the TBT Tournament and the NBA All-Star game.

The Elam ending differs from a traditional basketball game conclusion in that the game ends when the first team reaches a set target score as opposed to when the fourth quarter or overtime period is over. The format ensures that every game ends on a winning basket, which could be a field goal of a free throw.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for Under-19s.

The Vince Marriott Invitational is not included as part of the 2022/23 Season Ticket package, however Season Ticket holders and members can take advantage of a £1 discount on all prices.


TOURNAMENT RULES

  • 2x 12 minute halves
  • Each team has 1x timeout in first half and 2x timeouts in second half
  • Elam ending begins at first stoppage at/under 2.00 in second half
  • All other rules remain as normal

ELAM ENDING

  • First stoppage at/under 2.00 in the second half.
  • Game clock stops and target score is set
  • Target score = leading team’s score +8
  • First team to reach target score wins

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