Report: Bristol Flyers 80-64 London Lions
Friday, April 5th 2019
Bristol Flyers took a huge step forward in their BBL play-off push with a convincing home win against the league-leading London Lions.
Justin Gray recorded his first professional double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Daniel Edozie had a 13 point, 10 rebound double-double of his own.
Flyers got off to a dream start with Edozie winning the tip and Fred Thomas knocking down a mid-range jumpshot to open the scoring. London answered the initial basket, but Flyers put together an early 11-0 run to establish control and force a timeout from Lions coach Vince Macaulay.
Lewis Champion checked in and extended the lead with a deep three-pointer as the shot clock expired. Panos Mayindombe made a strong cut into the paint and shovelled the ball to Marcus Delpeche for a huge dunk. Ladarius Tabb limited the early damage for Lions with his usual high energy, making a dunk of his own. Flyers finished the first period with more paint scoring to establish a 24-10 lead.
Lions Captain Joe Ikhinmwim showed leadership in the face of adversity with a big three-pointer to open the second quarter. McCloud plagued the Lions in the early going, finding Edozie for another easy score.
Fantastic help defence from Fred Thomas resulted in a blocked shot and released McCloud for a fast break score. McCloud was fouled on the shot and completed the three point play at the foul line. Back-to-back scores from Tabb saw the lead narrow to ten points and Coach Kapoulas took a time-out.
The hosts responded well with McCloud hitting a huge three - Delpeche followed up with a steal and fast break dunk. Peel followed up with a three-point-play inside the arc, finishing a lay-up through contact and making the foul shot count. Flyers once again rose to the challenge with Thomas sinking a mid-range two.
Delpeche attacked the offensive glass, soaring high to throw down a putback dunk. McCloud stole the ball from Spencer in the backcourt and sped down court for a dunk of his own, forcing a Lions time-out. Coach Macaulay was able to draw up a successful play for Justin Robinson and the score was 46-33 at half-time.
Lions came out of the break strong, once again cutting the lead to single figures. Thomas hit a huge three-pointer to restore the buffer. Flyers were able to extend the lead a little further as the quarter rolled on, with Edozie completing another three-point-play at the foul line. The third quarter closed with Flyers ahead 62-47.
Lions stepped up their defensive intensity in the fourth, forcing an early turnover but were unable to capitalise. Spencer was able to slash through the Flyers defence for an easy score, but Gray answered with a transition lay-up of his own.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Gray and Vigor ballooned the lead back out to 20 points. Flyers’ tough defence turned up more crucial stops down the stretch and trips to the foul line for Thomas and Gray put the game out of reach before the final two minutes.
Ikhinmwin, Jonathan James and Lamar Roberts were able to make scores down the stretch to cut into the lead and finish the game 80-64. A strong defensive performance from Flyers was crucial in the win and fuelled the offence throughout the game. Five Flyers players reached double figures in a strong team performance.
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