Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 84-75 Plymouth City Patriots
Saturday, September 25th 2021
Bristol Flyers completed a double-winning weekend to open their season, defeating the visiting Plymouth City Patriots 84-75.
Balanced team offence saw three Flyers players total 14 points, whilst Plymouth were led by Denzel Ubiario with 25 points.
A frenetically paced and high-scoring first quarter saw Flyers finish with a narrow lead. They picked up their defence and managed to build a game-high 15 point advantage by the half. Trejon Jacob was instrumental in the run but his contributions were cut short by an ankle injury.
The third quarter saw Patriots turn the tables and make Flyers work for every score. Thomas-Edwards and Zach Simmons provided much-needed production to withstand the comeback.
Bristol rebuilt their lead in the fourth. Josh Rogers battled through cramping muscles to stay in the game, splashing a timely three-pointer to counter paint scoring from Patriots guard Ubiario. Rogers headed to the dressing room for treatment after falling hard after attempting to contest a shot in traffic. Flyers pressed on without two of their starters with four minutes left to play.
Michael Miller managed the clock carefully to ensure that Patriots had limited opportunities. Miller finished with 14 points and six assists leading the team through adversity. Clutch three point shooting from Thomas-Edwards and Shane Walker kept the Patriots from getting too close down the stretch. New addition Pasquale Landolfi, another product of the Flyers junior program, sealed the win by seizing the final rebound underscoring a solid BBL debut.
Flyers built their lead on strong play at both ends in the second quarter. Thomas-Edwards dominated the end of the period driving in for a lay-up, stealing a wayward pass and feeding Delpeche for a score to give Flyers their largest lead of the game.
Player of the game
Raphell Thomas-Edwards exemplified Flyers intensity and determination on his way to a 14-point, 12 rebound double double. Filling in the depleted guard rotation he also dished out 6 assists to go along with 2 steals and a block.
Flyers needed their bench and they stepped up in the victory. Walker and Simmons had 10 points each. Corey Samuels played a big role in the win, with Jacobs on the sidelines covering the point guard position and delivering four assists. The Flyers bench contributed 26 points to just five from Patriots.
WHAT COACH SAID
Flyers are back in action On Saturday, September 25th at the SGS College Arena when they host London Lions in the BBL Cup (7.30pm tip-off).
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