Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 80-90 London Lions
Saturday, October 2nd 2021
Bristol Flyers could not battle back after falling behind early against the visiting London Lions.
Michael Miller led Flyers with 19 points while Lions’ Dirk Williams led all scorers with 21.
A high-scoring first half for the Lions saw them build up a 22 point lead. Lions guard Isaiah Reese controlled the first half racking up double figure scoring and dishing out five assists by half-time.
Flyers struggled with turnovers early in the game, finishing the first half with 11. London capitalised, scoring 15 points from these turnovers. Bristol came out more composed and battled back in the second half. Miller took control of Flyers' offence and made sure they found better looks at the basket.
Ultimately the improvement in the second half was not enough to bring the game back within Bristol's reach and strong shooting from London helped them to close out the game.
Flyers held Lions scoreless for a three minute stretch early in the third quarter and went on a 9-0 run to narrow the deficit. Offensive rebounding and second chance scoring opportunities were key in shifting the momentum. Flyers tenacity and improved defence in the second half kept them in the game despite a difficult opening.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Malcolm Delpeche had an 18 point, 10 rebound double-double and was effective playing both power forward and centre with the frontcourt rotation limited by injuries. The high-scoring night was complemented by doing a little of everything - the big man added two assists, one block and a steal to his stats.
Lions ability to force turnovers and get out in transition for easy scores were crucial in establishing a lead early in the game. Flyers finished with 17 turnovers but committed 11 in the first half. Lions scored 22 points from turnovers and 19 fast break points.
Flyers won the battle of the boards with 44 rebounds total to even up the possession count. Lions superior outside shooting was important in keeping Flyers at bay with the visitors making 11 three pointers to just 6 for Bristol.
WHAT COACH SAID
Flyers will aim to get back to winning ways as they host Leicester Riders at SGS College Arena on Friday, October 8th in their next BBL Cup group game.