Report: Bristol Flyers 73-78 London City Royals
Saturday, September 22nd 2018
Despite a team-high 20 points from Jalan McCLoud, Bristol Flyers were unable to get their 2018/19 BBL campaign off to a winning start against the London City Royals.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning proved too much to handle for Coach K’s men, as he finished his full 40 minute shift with a 28 point, 12 rebound double-double.
The visitors quickly found success with their primary offence, feeding Bryan-Amaning in the post for their first two points in the league. Flyers kept their composure and made a run initiated by a Marcus Delpeche.
Bristol were able to force turnovers to initiate their offence and pulled ahead behind a combination of three-point scoring from Lewis Champion and Panos Mayindombe. London answered with more pressure on the paint and levelled the game at 17-17 to close the first period.
The game remained close throughout the second quarter, with back and forth scoring. Justin Gray swooped in from the help side to swat away a lay-up attempt from Bryan-Amaning. McCloud continued to run the Flyers offence and they built up a 38-32 lead heading into half-time.
McCloud stayed hot at the start of the third, sinking a layup and following up with a three-pointer. Bristol built to their biggest lead of the game with a pair of Delpeche free throws before another fastbreak was sparked by Gray steal.
Royals switched to a zone defence that Flyers struggled to find quality scoring opportunities against. With Flyers held scoreless for just shy of four minutes, Royals were able to pull ahead ending the third quarter 55-60.
Flyers continued their offensive woes into the fourth and they found themselves down by as many as 12 with three minutes to play. They fell back on their defensive foundation and forced further turnovers to give fast break opportunities.
A deep Justin Gray three-pointer pulled the game within three points, but Bryan-Amaning answered back with another score inside. A crucial Daniel Edozie steal allowed Fred Thomas to leak out for a forceful dunk, but Royals were able to hang on to their margin to finish out the game.