Game Recap » Leicester Riders 84-85 Bristol Flyers
Friday, September 24th 2021
Bristol Flyers opened their season in style with a road win against Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup.
New signing Trejon Jacob led all scorers with 21 points, whilst Josh Rogers had a huge game shooting 100% from the floor, including the game-winner among his four makes from three-point range.
Flyers hung on throughout the game to take control late in the fourth quarter and claim the win. Hot shooting from Jacobs repeatedly allowed Flyers to narrow Riders’ lead after dropping behind.
New bigs Malcolm Delpeche and Zach Simmons both provided a solid interior presence and matched up well against Riders Mo Walker and Darien Nelson-Henry. Simmons was effective on the glass, hauling in eight rebounds to go along with 13 points. Delpeche showed off a range of offensive skills on his way to an efficient 16 points on 8-11 shooting.
With Jacobs leading the way in scoring, Mike Miller shone at the point guard position. He combined 11 points with a game high nine assists and seven rebounds, orchestrating the offence, while matching up against reigning league MVP Geno Crandall on the defensive end.
A 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter gave Flyers their first lead of the second half and put them in control of the game. Even a timeout from veteran coach Rob Paternostro could not disrupt Bristol’s momentum.
Miller’s playmaking was instrumental in the shift. He delivered two of his nine assists in the run, finding big Simmons and Delpeche in the paint. He also showed off scoring prowess of his own, dissecting the defence to deliver a layup.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh Rogers made a statement of intent for the year with his standout performance in the season-opening win. He combined his flawless shooting night totalling 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. The captain led by example, getting it done at both ends and in big moments.
In a game where Flyers struggled to convert looks early it was their outside shooting that kept them in striking distance. Flyers finished the game with 45% shooting from both inside and outside the arc. Riders went just 6-22 from three point range including a crucial miss in the dying seconds.
Flyers won the rebounding battle, seizing 15 of those missed shots and creating extra offensive possessions. The visitors totalled 46 rebounds to Riders’ 38 and those additional possessions were key in toughing out the win.
WHAT COACH SAID
Flyers return home to welcome supporters back to the SGS College Arena for the first time in 17 months. They will host new BBL franchise Plymouth City Patriots on Saturday, September 26th (7:30pm tip-off).