Game recap » Bristol Flyers 83-85 London Lions
Friday, May 6th 2022
Bristol Flyers will take a narrow two-point deficit into the second leg of the BBL playoff semi-final
Marcus Evans finished with a 20-point, 11 assist double-double, whilst Trejon Jacob posted 16 points off the bench.
It means the Flyers will need to win by three or more points at the Copper Box Arena on Sunday to advance to their first ever BBL playoff final.
Flyers started the game ono a 10-0 run as Raphell Thomas-Edwards dunked immediately from tip-off, before a Malcolm Delpeche dunk forced an early Lions timeout.
Both teams would trade first half runs, Lions forcing six early turnovers as they got back to 15-13, before Flyers scored another 10 straight when Jacob came off the bench to score seven points and put Bristol back in front 25-13.
Isaiah Reese’s ‘and-one’ play sparked a 10-3 run that got London back to within one, eventually taking their first lead of the game at 39-37 just before the half, as Lorenzo Cugini and Dirk Williams hit back-to-back triples.
Despite another trio of threes from Lions in the third, the period saw five lead changes and Bristol retook the edge on nine straight points, capped by a Mike Miller triple that made the score 58-56.
And there were two more runs to come, as Lions scored the last three of the third and the first 11 points of the fourth, Reese scoring five with threes for Julian Washburn and Williams making it 70-60, a first double-digit lead for the London side.
But Flyers responded in-kind, with 11 unanswered points of their own in little over a minute, as Evans got fired up after being on the receiving end of an unsportsmanlike foul, scoring five points in the run, before Raphell Thomas-Edwards gave them the lead once again at 71-60.
There were five further lead changes, and the first leg looked like it could have been a draw when Josh Rogers hit a three-pointer to tie it up at 83 apiece with 35 seconds remaining. But former Memphis Grizzlies NBA player Washburn made the final basket of the game to give Lions the edge.
The return leg at the Copper Box Arena takes place on Sunday, LIVE on Sky Sports (5.30pm tip-off).