Game recap » Bristol Flyers 64-92 Leicester Riders
Friday, January 14th 2022
Bristol Flyers fell to 4-3 in the BBL Championship, following a heavy defeat at home to the Leicester Riders.
Antwain Johnson led the Flyers’ scoring with 17 points, while Malcolm Delpeche trailed closely with 16 points and nine rebounds of his own.
Patrick Whelan led all scorers with 25 points for the visitors.
Scoring came quick and early in the game, with both teams getting off to a run to start the first. Flyers took the initial lead, however Leicester bullied Bristol down low to get ahead. A Leicester steal from an inbounds pass led to an assist that saw the Riders extend their lead to five before nailing a couple of triples. Zach Simmons came up with a block, then ran the floor to follow with a basket, closing the gap to six and ending the first 27-21.
Both teams came out focussed defensively in the second as the scoring came to a halt for each side. It was Leicester who broke the mould however, as the Riders continued to punish Bristol inside. Antwain Johnson stripped the ball for a breakaway dunk. But Leicester responded well, finishing the half with a 13-point lead.
Flyers came out of the break a different team, as Johnson took over, scoring nine points of an 11-2 run. Leicester stopped the bleeding to rebuild their double-digit lead once more. Another late burst from the Riders saw them extend the lead to 14 points.
Leicester continued to run up the score in the fourth, opening on a 6-0 run. Bristol couldn’t come up with a solution as the onslaught continued for the Riders, who seemed to be scoring from everywhere at will. Meanwhile, Bristol just couldn’t get it together on the offensive end, sealing the game 92-64 in favour of the league leaders.
Despite an exciting burst from Johnson and the Flyers to begin the second half, Leicester were able to regroup with a defensive adjustment that stumped Bristol, who were never able to find a solution.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Malcolm Delpeche’s effort was one of the bright spots in the game, as he came up one rebound shy of a double-double. On top of that, he protected the rim vigilantly, posting two blocks and altering many more.
Led by reigning MVP Geno Crandall, Leicester’s selfless style of play was the difference-maker, posting 24 assists versus Bristol’s 11.
The Flyers’ 31% from the field illustrated their struggles shooting the ball and the impact the Riders’ defence had on Coach Kapoulas' side.
WHAT COACH SAID
The Flyers take a trip to Sheffield next Friday to take on the Sharks in front of the Sky Sports cameras, before returning home on Saturday January 22nd to host the Glasgow Rocks.