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Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 80-71 Surrey Scorchers

Bristol Flyers defeated the Surrey Scorchers on their return to the WISE Campus to kick off their home double-header.

Malcolm Delpeche led all scorers with 23 points, whilst Raphell Thomas-Edwards had 17 of his own. Martelle Mclemore led the Scorchers with 21 points.



Scorchers got off to a hot start, putting the first points on the board with a dunk. Delpeche answered with a huge dunk from a pick and roll in transition. Shane Walker and Thomas-Edwards followed with back to back threes and Delpeche rocked the rim off the lob from Marcus Evans. A three from Surrey saw the first quarter end 20-25 in Scorchers’ favour.

Delpeche came up big in the second, starting the quarter off with a baseline dunk. On the other end, Pasquale Landolfi picked up the steal and set Delpeche up for another easy slam. Delpeche kept the energy flowing with an and-1 bucket, before back to back dunks from Delpeche and Trejon Jacob capped off the half 43-37 to Flyers.

Trejon Jacob sent a beautiful skip pass into the hands of Thomas-Edwards for a corner three to start the third. Surrey came back with a steal and the three point play on the other end. The momentum swung in Flyers’ favour when Delpeche finished a poster dunk over Legend Robertin. Corey Samuels knocked down a three and the Flyers forced a shot-clock violation on the other end to end the third.

Surrey came out rejuvenated in the fourth, burying a couple of tough layups. Evans opened the scoring for Bristol as he glided to the rim for the layup, then doubled down with a tough contested three. Surrey couldn’t hold onto the ball and Evans continued the hot streak with an and-1 basket on the drive to the cup. Surrey got off to a run of their own, ignited by back to back tip ins but it wasn’t enough as the game ended 80-71.


The Flyers turned in a strong second second quarter performance off the back of Delpeche who had a number of rim rocking dunks and momentum-changing plays. The Flyers outscored the Scorchers in the second by 11 points, giving them their first comfortable lead of the game and despite a strong fourth quarter performance, Surrey could never get back in control of the game.


Malcolm Delpeche delivered 23 points shooting a staggering 83% from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. However, what doesn’t show up in the box score is the sheer number of energy plays he was able to make from glass-shattering dunks to chasing down loose balls for extra possessions.


The Flyers shot 44% from three, while holding Surrey to a dismal 21%. Collectively, Bristol were also able to amass 27 assists versus 16 for the Scorchers.

Both teams turned the ball over a lot in this game, but it was Bristol who were able to continually convert, scoring 19 points from turnovers. 


WHO's next?

The Flyers continue their double-header weekend, facing Plymouth City Patriots on Sunday, December 5th at the SGS College Arena (3pm tip-off).