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Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 61-81 London Lions

Bristol Flyers fell to London Lions in the first leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final, after a one-sided fourth quarter. 

Malcolm Delpeche led the scoring for the Flyers with 20 points, while Marcus Evans trailed with 15 points of his own.

The result means Bristol would need to win the second leg by 21 points or more to advance to the BBL Trophy Final in March.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Both teams launched with a fast-paced offence, slashing inside to get to the basket and create layup opportunities. Lions begin to pull away, finishing the first with a five-point lead. Raphell Thomas-Edwards spearheaded a comeback effort for Bristol, with a steal and a dunk to bring the game briefly to within two points, but London weathered the storm and answered with a balanced attack to go up by six, heading into the second half.

Both teams cooled off considerably in the third, despite a couple of early buckets from the Lions. London’s defence disrupted the Flyers, while the Lions just couldn’t get anything to drop. As the Flyers finally picked up some momentum, Evans made a tough hook shot to cut the deficit to three, but once again London got hot from the arc to take a seven-point lead into the fourth.

Bristol continued at the same tempo in the final period, but the Lions were able to find another gear, hitting shots from everywhere on the floor. Delpeche came up with a dunk to try and build some momentum for the Flyers, although they were unable to stop the bleeding as London continued to run up the score until the final seconds of the game.


TURNING POINT

Both teams played solid defence throughout, allowing neither to gain an edge until the fourth, where Bristol ran out oof gas against a potent London offence.


PLAYER OF THE GAME

Malcolm Delpeche never backed down from the competition, corralling nine rebounds over the Lions’ big men to go alongside his 20 points.


KEY STATS

London proved to be the more fluid team on the night, sharing the ball unselfishly to come up with 22 assists, doubling Bristol’s 11. They also outshot the Flyers from behind the arc with 37% from three on 35 attempts.


WHAT COACH SAID


WHO'S NEXT?

The Flyers head to Manchester next to take on the Giants, before returning home to host the Leicester Riders on Saturday, March 5th at SGS College Arena.

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