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Flyers Under-16 girls complete historic season

Bristol Flyers Under-16 girls completed a historic season for the club with a third-placed finish in Basketball England’s Junior Final Fours.

Having won their conference with a perfect 12-0 record, the team breezed through the first two rounds of the playoffs to set up a semi-final tie against a very strong Manchester Mystics side. The game was finely poised at half-time with the Mystics leading 32-28, bu a strong third quarter from the Mystics proved too much as they ran out 73-57 winners. Alice Matthews (20 pts) and Louisa Gibbins (11pts, 17reb) led the way for the Flyers.

That set up a third place playoff game against Haringey Angels on Sunday and a chance to avenge their National Cup Semi Final defeat in December.

The Flyers jumped out to an early lead, but Haringey fought their way back into the contest to set up a thrilling final five minutes.

With Bristol up by three with less than a minute on the clock, Isla Findlay hit a huge three to ice the game sparking wild celebrations at the buzzer, as the Flyers clung on to a 65-58 victory. Matthews (18pts, 6reb, 3 ast) and Gibbins (15pts, 10reb, 4 ast) led the way for the girls.

Head Coach Phil Milbourne said “It’s been an incredible season for the team and one that everyone connected to the club can be extremely proud of.

"The character the girls showed to bounce back after the disappointing result against Manchester was outstanding. To finish the season as the third best team in the country is a fantastic achievement and will live long in the memory.”

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