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Report: Bristol Flyers 85-56 Solent Kestrels

A game-high 19 points from Marcus Delpeche helped Bristol Flyers to a 85-56 victory against Solent Kestrels at the SGS College Arena.

Tevin Falzon also put on another impressive performance of 12 points and 14 rebounds to notch Flyers’ second straight victory in pre-season action.

WHAT HAPPENED

A baseline two opened the scoring for Solent, before Flyers quickly responded at the other end through Daniel Edozie. Edozie then went on to tie the scores at six points apiece with the beautiful fadeaway jump shot, scoring all six of his first half points in the first period.

Jalan McCloud got his tally off the mark with the quick steal and finish, before Justin Gray punished his defender from mid-range, but Flyers found themselves trailing by four at the end of the first, the scoreboard reading 17-21.

Delpeche finished inside to open the second, which was shortly followed by Jordan Nicholls slicing the lane to finish softly off the glass.

A pair of back-to-back threes from Falzon quickly pushed the lead out to double digits, with the visitors unable to respond to Flyers’ increased defensive intensity.

At the end of the first half, it was the hosts who had an 11 point lead.
Solent cut the gap to nine to open the second half with a pair of made free throws before Falzon made the hoop and the harm to push Bristol’s lead back out to double digits.

Edozie put on the moves down low which was shortly followed by a three-point-play from Fred Thomas, shifting momentum firmly in Bristol’s favour. Solent's attacking threat had all but diminished, and Flyers inflicted more pain, dictating the temp on both ends of the court and pushing the lead out to to 17 points, 59-42.

Falzon, who had 19 rebounds against USA Select, completed his double-double in the third period, as Flyers took control to lead 69-51 after three.

Kapoulas opened the fourth period with a perfectly drawn-up baseline out of bounds play for McCloud to push Bristol’s lead out to 20.

The Flyers head coach drew up another perfectly executed baseline out of bounds play, but this time Edozie was unable to come up with the goods inside.

With Bristol firmly in the driving seat, Kapoulas distributed the minutes throughout the squad, with Flyers picking up their second pre-season victory.

Flyers will continue their pre-season preparations when they host the Welsh National Team on Saturday, September 15th, before traveling to Worcester Wolves on Monday, September 17th.