Game Recap » Plymouth City Patriots 110-103 Bristol Flyers (2OT)
Friday, February 18th 2022
Bristol Flyers fell to the Plymouth City Patriots in double overtime after a chippy back and forth battle.
Marcus Evans led the scoring for the Flyers with 20, followed by Trejon Jacob with 19 of his own.
Corey Samuels and Zach Simmons both had 15 points off the bench.
A competitive start saw both teams neck and neck to begin the first, however it would be the Flyers who would take control, finishing the first quarter up by seven off the back of some solid defence.
Corey Samuels rejected a shot from Antonio Williams, continuing the Flyers’ defensive success in the second. Simmons made a layup to extend the lead to double digits. The Patriots begun to chip away, with multiple trips to the foul line, reducing the lead to four, before Marcus Evans iced the half with a deep, contested three-point shot.
Delpeche started off the third with a pair of baskets to get the ball rolling for the Flyers in the second half. Back to back threes from the Patriots closed the gap before a dunk from Williams led to a scuffle that saw both benches ejected from the game.
Constant back and forth action ensued after the Patriots took the lead to head into the fourth. Antonio Williams flushed home an alley-oop play for the Patriots, but Jacob sunk a triple to give the Flyers the lead late in the fourth. A pair of free throws from Samuels gave Bristol a lead of three, but Dusha drained a triple on the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Samuels, came out of the gate aggressive for the Flyers, scoring the first four points of overtime, as he continually attacked the basket. Plymouth came right back to tie the game before one more jumpshot from Samuels put Bristol back on top. Patriots knocked down some clutch three-point shots to send the game to one more overtime, before running away with a seven point lead.
Both teams benches were ejected in the third quarter, leaving Bristol without two of their leading men in Marcus Evans and Malcolm Delpeche. Despite big performances from Samuels and Simmons, the Flyers ran out of steam as the game entered a second period of overtime.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Zach Simmons stepped up big when he was called upon, posting 15 points along with 15 rebounds and four blocks as he added valuable rim protection to a team missing key players.
The game was tightly contested in almost every area, however the Patriots‘ three point efficiency edged them ahead as they knocked down 10 threes at 41%.
The Flyers host the London Lions at home, Saturday, February 19th in the first leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final.