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Posted Saturday, October 30th 2021

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers II 76-72 Manchester Magic

Bristol Flyers II claimed a win in the National Basketball League Division 2 North, knocking off the previously undefeated Manchester Magic.

Ty Harley led all scorers with 18 points. Ben Brown led the way for the visitors with 15 points.

BOX SCORE


what happened

Lukasz Kubik came out strong, looking to post up and scoring early and Jermaine Major mirrored the aggression and got to the basket for multiple scores. Manchester were also scoring with ease early on, with former Cheshire Phoenix wing Pharroh Gordon heating up from outside. Turnovers and transition scoring became an issue later in the quarter and Magic took a lead.

Improved defensive intensity from Bristol allowed them to run the floor for transition points. SGS academy graduate Matin Malek added energy on the glass for the Magic and they were effective in generating second chance opportunities. A strong close to the quarter saw Ire Akande and Harley scoring from turnovers. Akande’s pick-pocket defence saw him total three steals off the bench.

Defence remained the emphasis in the third period and Flyers' captain Asa Waite drew fouls to get to the line. Three-pointers from Jack Craggs and Dinnall put Bristol ahead. A steal and fast break dunk from Jason Soodeen triggered a Magic timeout. Craggs ensured that Flyers secured crucial rebounds to limit Magic’s scoring opportunities. Clutch free throw shooting from Dinnall sealed the win. Dinnall finished with a box score filling stat line of eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.


TURNING POINT

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Magic’s half court defence was putting Flyers under pressure early in the fourth as they battled to get back in the game. Harley baited a three-point shooting foul late in the shot clock and sank all three free throws to level the game keeping the momentum the team had built at the defensive end. Harley followed up by seeking out opportunities to post-up the Magic guards and finished with back to the basket moves on back to back possessions.


PLAYER OF THE GAME

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Ty Harley’s efficient scoring led the Flyers offence. With Pasquale Landolfi on the road with the BBL squad, the team needed a first option and Harley shouldered the responsibility willingly. His fourth quarter scoring was crucial in keeping the game out of Magic’s reach.


KEY STATS

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Having lost the battle of the boards in the first half, Flyers improved in the second half levelling the totals at 44 by the close of the game. Turnovers gave Magic a possession advantage nevertheless with Flyers giving up the ball 26 times in the game.

Flyers' defence limited Magic’s shooting efficiency to 35% from the field and six blocked shots from Bristol contributed. Free throw shooting was an area to improve on again for Flyers with them finishing 53% from the foul line, improbably matching their efficiency shooting from the floor with active defence.


WHO'S NEXT?

Flyers travel to Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday November 6th. They will be back in action at the SGS College Arena on Saturday November 13th (3pm tip-off - free entry).

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