Game recap » Glasgow Rocks 99-78 Bristol Flyers
Friday, November 19th 2021
Bristol Flyers were unable to avenge their BBL Cup quarter-final defeat to Glasgow Rocks in front of the Sky cameras.
Malcolm Delpeche led the scoring for the Flyers with 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Josh Rogers put the first points on the board for the Flyers with a putback on missed three from Trejon Jacob, before Jacob came up with a transition steal and score to give Bristol some early momentum. After some back and forth action, Glasgow capitalised on poor transition defence, scoring on the leak out to tie the game at 18. The first quarter ended on a Simmons layup; Bristol down 27-23.
The Rocks hit a three to open the second quarter, but Raphell Thomas-Edwards bit back with a strong drive to the hoop. Still, Flyers struggled to gain momentum, but found success as Trejon Jacob finished a two-handed dunk off a Delpeche assist. Glasgow responded with a three, but Evans countered with a mid range pull-up. The second quarter ended 50-39, in favour of the Rocks.
Delpeche started the second half with another dunk off a full-court pass from Marcus Evans. Evans continued his contribution with a pair of pull-up jumpshots, but the Flyers couldn’t find an answer for the Rocks offence. Glasgow continued the onslaught, ending the third 73-61 ahead.
Rocks picked up where they left off, hitting a three to open the fourth. Simmons put up the first Flyers points of the quarter with a fastbreak score, and then again, using footwork inside to get the layup. Evans strung together a couple of threes and Jacob converted on an acrobatic layup, but it was too late as the Rocks rolled away with the win.
The turning point came early on in this contest, as Flyers were unable to contain the Rocks in the open court. This led to a plethora of fast breaks and quick buckets. Bristol attempted to fight fire with fire as they defaulted to their own signature brand of fast-paced basketball, but they were unable to execute and, more importantly, unable to adjust.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Malcolm Delpeche posted 19 points and 11 rebounds alongside three assists, one block and a steal. Outside of the box score, he exposed the defence with numerous easy pick and roll buckets and that handy short-hook shot, not to mention a healthy number of rim-rocking dunks.
Second chance points really told the story in this one. Despite the rebounding numbers being fairly close (45-41 to Glasgow), the Flyers were only able to convert two second chance baskets in contrast to Glasgow’s 15.
Bristol also couldn’t find a way to slow the Rocks down throughout the game. Glasgow was able to score a total of 21 fast break points, as opposed to Bristol’s six. Even though the turnover numbers were identical at 11 each (and the rebounding numbers were close), The rocks also were able to convert more points off of turnovers.
WHAT COACH SAID
The Flyers return to SGS for a home doubleheader , as they take on Surrey Scorchers on December 3rd before hosting Plymouth City Patriots on December 5th.