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Game recap » Bristol Flyers 75-78 Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers were unable to hold on against the league-leading Leicester Riders at home.

Riders guard Zach Jackson led the game in points with 28, and also dropped the game-winning three-pointer with 50 seconds to go, while Marcus Evans led the way for Bristol with 18 points.



Flyers went to work down low early in the first, but the Riders answered right back with a balanced attack. Mike Miller got to the basket on a quick move for a tough layup to tie the game, however Leicester stayed composed tying the game to end the quarter. A back and forth second quarter saw both teams get into the paint at will, however it was the Flyers who would come out on top with a seven-point lead to end the half.

The Riders started the third with a run to close the gap, before a few more buckets down the line brought the game to within one. Delpeche took the ball in strong for a monster slam. Both teams exchanged threes after a dry spell, then Delpeche attacked the basket once more for a tough layup, plus the foul. Both teams continued to trade buckets, but the Flyers came out of the period on top with a three-point advantage.

A chaotic start to the fourth saw both teams struggling to control the ball until Leicester knocked down a triple to take the lead for the first time since the first quarter. A couple of lead changes later, the Flyers got off to a run, capped off by a big pull up three from Jacob. A Riders three, put Leicester up by one, and a pair of free throws extended the lead to three. Flyers answered back with a quick basket to cut down the deficit, but another pair of Riders free throws sealed the game.

Turning point

The Flyers struggled to come up with a basket late in the fourth to ice the game and allowed the Riders to get off to a quick run that saw them take the lead with the clock winding down.

player of the game

Trejon Jacob led the Flyers in scoring, while also picking up six rebounds and knocking down a clutch three-point shot to give the squad a sizeable lead in the final period.

key stats

Despite Bristol dominating down low, leading in rebounds and points in the paint, they were hindered by their 23% efficiency from deep, however weren’t shy to let it fly, taking 26 attempts.  

what coach said

who's next?

Limited tickets are still available for the visit of Sheffield Sharks on Friday, March 11th.