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Game recap » Bristol Flyers 71-68 Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers advanced to the BBL Trophy quarter-final after securing a first round win against the Leicester Riders.

Raphell Thomas-Edwards led all scorers with 18 points, while Marcus Evans followed closely with 17 of his own.

BOX SCORE


WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers repeatedly probed inside to get off to an early lead. Just as Riders began to come back with a run of their own, big and-1 plays from Thomas-Edwards and new signing Antwain Johnson saw the Flyers extend their lead to six to end the first.

Bristol started off the second with a quick run, charged by a deep Evans three to beat the shot clock, extending the lead to 11 for Bristol. The Riders couldn’t find an answer to the relentless penetration of the Flyers in the second, as Bristol were able to get to the foul line at will.

Marcus Evans lost his defender on a nifty behind-the-back move to get all the way to the rim before Leicester responded with a big dunk. Continuing the momentum, a Leicester three closed the gap to four points to end the second.

Trejon Jacob knocked down back to back triples to start the third quarter before going coast to coast for an emphatic one-handed dunk, which ignited Bristol’s offence. It was defence, however, that told the story in the as the Flyers held the Riders to just 10 points in the third quarter, imposing their will.

Leicester came out of the gate re-energised by some creative playmaking from Geno Crandall as they closed the gap. However, a couple of big baskets from Corey Samuels kept the Flyers ahead in a tight quarter before Delpeche came up with a big and-1 put-back to hold onto the lead.

Some fortifying defence from Bristol in final 30 seconds closed out the game 71-68 as the Flyers came away with the win at home. 


TURNING POINT

A strong start to the third saw the Flyers really take control of the game off the back of some hot three-point shooting from Trejon Jacob. From there they were able to establish a lead with their impenetrable defence and ability to get inside and draw fouls as they outscored the Riders by 24 in the quarter. 


PLAYER OF THE GAME

Trejon Jacob left his mark all over the game. After a slow start, he came out of the half reinvigorated as he finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

His offensive burst to start the third rallied his team, who were then able to ride the momentum to a comfortable lead.


KEY STATS

Bristol dominated down low, outscoring the Riders in the paint by 12 points, including 11 second chance points made possible by Flyers’ 10 rebound advantage. Their constant attack kept pressure on the defence all game long as they were unable to find an answer until it was too late. 


WHAT COACH SAID


WHO'S NEXT?

The Leicester Riders return to SGS College Arena on Friday January 14th as they look to avenge their Trophy defeat (7:30pm tip-off).