Game recap » Derby Trailblazers 70-90 Bristol Flyers
Friday, February 4th 2022
Bristol Flyers punched their ticket to the BBL Trophy semi-final with a convincing road win against the Derby Trailblazers.
American duo Marcus Evans and Trejon Jacob combined for 49 points, as Coach Kapoulas' side await a two-legged affair against Manchester Giants or London Lions for a place in the Trophy Final.
Flyers found their rhythm early, getting stops and running in transition with a 6-0 run to start the game. A block from Derby and a tough bucket from Bowman boosted their confidence however, as they turned defence into offence and kept the game neck and neck throughout the first half.
Despite a quick triple to start the second half for the Flyers, neither team were able to launch an attack to start the third. The defensive force of Raheem May-Thompson protected the rim with three athletic blocks, the last of which leading to a transition triple that finally sparked an offensive burst for the side. Meanwhile, Delpeche matched the energy with an emphatic jam to precede a balanced barrage from the Flyers that saw them take the lead heading into the fourth.
Both teams continued trading in the final period until Jacob detonated with back to back triples to take the lead. Shane Walker cashed in from deep to give the Flyers their biggest lead of the game. Derby were stifled by Bristol’s disruptive defence, which allowed only 12 points in the quarter and enabled the Flyers to glide away with a 20 point win and a place in the BBL Trophy semi-final.
Bristol got hot from behind the arc in the fourth off the back of Trejon Jacob who finished the game shooting 5-9 from three.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
On top of dropping 28 points for the Flyers, Marcus Evans impacted the game with his crafty guard play and defensive ability, accumulating four steals and seven assists as he led his team to victory.
Bristol pestered the Blazers with their defence, stealing the ball a total of 14 times. This led to an insurmountable 25 points from turnovers, as opposed to Derby’s two.
WHAT COACH SAID
Flyers return home on Friday, February 11th for a sold out clash against the Plymouth City Patriots.