Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 67-75 Leicester Riders
Friday, October 8th 2021
Bristol Flyers showed toughness to come back multiple times but lost out to the visiting Leicester Riders, falling to a 2-2 record in the BBL Cup South group.
Malcolm Delpeche had a game-high 18 points while Marcus Evans added 17. Geno Crandall and Zach Jackson led the way for Leicester with 13 points apiece.
Riders opened up a small lead to close the first quarter. They curtailed Flyers scoring and built this into a game-high 15 point lead in the second quarter. Trejon Jacob opened the floodgates with a deep three pointer and Delpeche went on a paint scoring rampage. Marcus Evans finished the run with a buzzer-beating half court shot to make it 36-39 at half time.
Riders rebuilt their lead through strong outside shooting. Marc Loving and Zach Jackson were particularly effective for the visitors in the third quarter. Shane Walker gave Flyers a boost from the bench, draining a three-pointer and finishing inside with a hook shot and Delpeche finished the quarter on a high note, seizing an offensive rebound and laying it home.
Flyers locked down on defence to generate an 8-0 run to tie the game at 64 points apiece with a Jacob lay-up. Riders responded with a run of their own and Evans and Michael Miller both fouled out. 2020/21 league MVP Geno Crandall took control of the game for Riders down the stretch to seal the win.
Flyers' fourth quarter run was fuelled by defensive stops. Miller hit a corner three out of a timeout from Coach Kapoulas to ignite the run, and then forced his way to the free throw line. Josh Rogers played great on ball defence, seeing through shot fakes and turning away multiple shots. A 24 second shot clock violation for Riders ensured that Flyers kept the momentum and were able to tie the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Malcolm Delpeche had 18 points and eight rebounds. His ability to establish great position around the rim early and use his strength to hold off his defender was crucial in creating scoring opportunities.
Flyers lost the rebounding and turnover battles giving Riders access to more possessions in the contest. Flyers held Leicester to similar shooting percentages (Flyers 37% overall, Riders 39% overall) so the possession difference allowed them to get ahead. Flyers struggled from the free throw line with 57% shooting (9 from 19 attempts) allowing Riders off the hook for fouls. Leicester shot 8 for 11 at the line.
WHAT COACH SAID
Flyers travel to London Lions on Sunday, before hosting Surrey Scorchers at the SGS College Arena on October 23rd (7:30pm tip-off).