Game Recap » Plymouth City Patriots 69-82 Bristol Flyers
Wednesday, October 20th 2021
Bristol Flyers punched their ticket to the quarter-final of the BBL Cup with a road win against the Plymouth City Patriots.
Trejon Jacob led the way for Bristol with an efficient 18 points, whilst Joe Hart was top scorer for the Patriots with 22 points.
Plymouth came prepared with a gameplan centred around zone defence and constricting paint scoring opportunities. Flyers brought their own usual defensive intensity, pressuring the ball full court and aggressively hedging screening actions. A low scoring first half saw the two teams tied at 30 points.
Bristol struggled with their outside shooting early in the game with just one made three pointer in the first half, despite finding good opportunities from the perimeter. Flyers began to break down the zone in the second half. Mike Miller found Josh Rogers an easy look and Raphell Thomas-Edwards seized a missed shot and elevated to drop it in. Rogers stepped inside the arc to knock down a two and Bristol found themselves with a five point lead. Marcus Evans, Miller, and Jacob all found lanes to the basket too.
As three-point shots finally began to drop in the fourth for Flyers, they built their lead to a game-high 13 points to close out the win.
With just under seven minutes remaining, Plymouth managed to cut the lead to two points with hot shooting from Hart. Flyers stayed composed, used the clock effectively and found good looks to hold off the comeback.
An alley-oop play out of a timeout and a huge block from Zach Simmons started a run. Evans found Jacob open on the arc for a three. Patriots were making shots of their own but the Flyers stayed together and answered each score to ensure the gap did not narrow. Three-pointers from Thomas-Edwards, Rogers and Evans grew the lead and sealed the win.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Miller was a leader in many areas but first and foremost his composure and tenacity throughout inspired the team’s overall performance. The guard had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a team high 6 assists. He added a steal, a block and five fouls drawn and went the whole game without committing a foul himself. He managed the clock in key stretches of the game and set the pace for Flyers.
Flyers dominated the rebounding battle claiming 19 offensive rebounds and totalling 50 boards. Thomas-Edwards and Simmons joined Miller in double figure rebounds. The second chance opportunities gained results in 18 additional points. Flyers were effective in turning defence into offence, generating 20 points from turnovers and totalling 10 steals.
Patriots outside shooting was effective (38%) but they struggled to convert looks from two-point range, finishing just 36% from inside the arc.
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Flyers host Surrey Scorchers for more BBL Cup action at the SGS College Arena on Saturday October 23rd (7:30pm tip-off).
The game is sold out but you can watch for free on BBL Player if you did not secure a ticket.