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Game recap » Sheffield Sharks 74-75 Bristol Flyers

A shorthanded Bristol Flyers recovered from a shaky start to defeat Sheffield Sharks by one in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Malcolm Delpeche led the way in scoring with 18 points and eight rebounds, playing against his twin brother Marcus for the first time in his professional career.

The result sees Flyers leapfrog the Sharks up to third place in the BBL Championship.


BOX SCORE


WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers were in a 13-point hole in the first half, courtesy of some hot three-point shooting from Sheffield. Devante Wallace sunk four triples in the first ten minutes, before Malcolm Delpeche scored on back-to-back plays to make it 56-54 late in the third quarter.

There were eight lead changes early in the fourth as the teams traded blows and, fittingly, headed into the final two minutes tied at 70 points apiece, when Andreas Kapoulas called a timeout.

Delpeche scored again before Josh Rogers knocked down a deep three-pointer, giving Flyers a five point cushion with 52 seconds to play.

Late drama ensued and Rodney Glasgow Jr. brought Sharks back to within one, but they couldn’t steal the win despite three late attempts as the buzzer expired.


TURNING POINT

The hosts took a double digit lead at the end of the first quarter but Bristol recovered well with a 10-1 run in the second period to keep it close the rest of the way.


Player of the game

Flyers saw huge contribution from former SGS Academy guard Corey Samuels, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in his first-ever BBL start.


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WHAT COACH SAID


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