Game recap » Manchester Giants 91-79 Bristol Flyers
Thursday, April 28th 2022
Bristol Flyers fought hard to recover from a 19 point deficit in the first leg of the BBL playoff quarter-final.
Trejon Jacob and Zach Simmons finished with 20 points apiece, whilst Josh Rogers had 10 points off the bench.
Coach Kapoulas' side will need to win Saturday's second leg by 13 points or more to advance to the BBL playoff semi-final.
Both teams traded runs early in the game as Giants started 14-2 when Geno Artison scored five early points, before Flyers responded with a 14-4 push of their own, getting back within one at 21-20 as Josh Rogers hit a pair of three-pointers.
But the visitors could never get in front as Giants led from tip-to-buzzer, Tyrik Armstrong hit a three-pointer just before the end of the first, and Will Saunders opened the second stanza in kind in what became a 12-1 run over the quarter break, five different players scoring for Giants to make it a double-figure lead at 33-21.
And that’s where it stayed, after Artison opened the second half with a triple and an ‘and-one’ play consecutively to see the lead peak at 60-41, and Giants looked to hold the margin.
Flyers, however, fought back to get within striking distance for Saturday’s second leg in Bristol, hitting a 10-2 run inside the final three minutes to get back to 89-79 and give themselves a shot against a side that they beat twice by a greater margin than that in the regular season.
Flyers return home to face the Manchester Giants on Saturday in the second leg in front of a sold out crowd at the SGS College Arena.
Coach Kapoulas side will need to win by 13 or more points to advance to the semi-final.