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Report: Bristol Flyers 79-82 Cheshire Phoenix

Bristol Flyers failed to advance in the BBL Cup, as they suffered a heartbreaking 79-82 defeat to the visiting Cheshire Phoenix.

Despite five Flyers scoring double figures (Brandon Boggs 18, Mike Vigor 15, Rohndell Goodwin 16, Adam Weary 10, Panos Mayindombe 12), Bristol were unable to complete a late fourth quarter comeback.

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What Happened

Point guard Adam Weary quickly opened the scoring with an aggressive drive to the bucket, taking the contact and going to the line to sink both free-throws.

Robert Scandoval levelled it for the visitors with his own strong move to the Flyers' bucket. Both squads eased into the cup tie by trading baskets in the early goings of the first quarter; with Goodwin working himself inside for the lay-up, only for Phoenix to counter with a CJ Getty bank-shot.

Flyers held a slender lead early on. Cheshire then worked hard defensively to secure a 24-second shot clock violation.

Coach Kapoulas' men countered with a full court press; which was broken down easily for a high percentage shot to close the gap.

Phoenix tried to retaliate with long range efforts but struggled, as they shot only 16% for the quarter. Flyers continued to find a way to score to keep the visitors at bay, going 8-12 from the field.

After a tightly fought first period, Bristol led 23-17.

Flyers' captain Vigor began the second quarter posting up inside for his fourth basket from as many attempts.

Cheshire looked to score quickly to make up the ground, but Bristol's defence held firm; forcing the visitors out of rhythm. Flyers put up a herculean defensive effort, which held the visitors to 17-40 for the half, to help protect their lead for the majority of the second quarter.

Vigor continued to score at will, shooting 100% for the half, to carry the load offensively and Boggs chipped in with a hesitation drive to the wing for the short jumper to protect the home team's lead. But 'Nix would go on a late charge, capped with a beautiful crossover move to the basket by Scandoval to take the lead.

Despite Bristol's dominance, Cheshire took a slender advantage heading into the half 35-40. 

Flyers pounded the ball inside for their first possession of the third quarter, feeding Boggs for a strong post-up move and the score.

Bristol failed to rotate effectively on defence and gave away an easy lay-up for Phoenix big man Getty, which kept the home side at bay.

Bristol continued to score with regularity, as Goodwin poured in five quick points and Weary added a two-pointer of his own, but Cheshire had established a presence down low with Getty matching Flyers' offence. Getty scored on multiple possessions in the third, causing Coach K's men to help on defence, which opened up the floor for the visitor's shooters.

Cheshire piled on offensively and led by as many as nine points. Not only were Bristol unravelling with their interior defence, but their perimeter defence was failing them too. Cheshire's quick guards were giving Flyers trouble, constantly drawing contact, resulting in multiple trips to the foul line. Free-shots made it easy for 'Nix to protect their slender lead heading into the fourth quarter, 56-61.

As the fourth quarter began, Flyers' guard Mayindombe hit two three-pointers to cut into the Cheshire lead.

Mayindombe then ran a pick and roll with Vigor, slipping a gorgeous no look pass to the Flyers' captain clear for the score, only to get rejected by Cheshire's Raheem May-Thompson. Time had not ran out on Bristol's comeback, Goodwin hit a heavily contested lay-up inside and followed the score up with a corner triple.

Bristol looked poised to tie the game and even Cheshire's  persistence on the offensive end could not put the home team away.

With under a minute left, Flyers cut the deficit to a single possession, as Goodwin connected with Boggs on an alley-oop sending the SGS Arena into a frenzy.

In the waning moments both squads were in the penalty and Goodwin sank a free-throw to bring Flyers within a point. Phoenix responded by drawing the foul and scoring both free-throws.

Bristol had the ball and a chance to send the game to overtime but Goodwin was unable to get a clean look at the three-pointer, as Flyers' comeback fell just short 79-82.


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