Report: Bristol Flyers 80-73 Surrey Scorchers
Saturday, March 16th 2019
Bristol Flyers avenged last week’s defeat to Surrey Scorchers with a strong defensive performance at the SGS College arena.
Daniel Edozie had a 19 point, 12 rebound double-double, whilst Fred Thomas paced him with a 16 point, 10 rebound game of his own.
Flyers got off to a great start with Justin Gray driving past Morakinyo Williams for a lay-up through contact. Chris Taylor extended the early lead with a lay-up off a thread the needle bounce pass from Marcus Delpeche. Delpeche was forced to the bench early with two quick fouls and Edozie picked up from his team-mate.
Scorchers took back the lead with Quincy Taylor leading the charge with lightning quick drives. Edozie answered with a mid-range two and the teams traded baskets and the lead for several minutes.
Scorchers reignited their offence with Willie Atwood getting multiple second chance opportunities before scoring. Ogedengbe finished the quarter with a made free throw after being fouled by Champion to make the scoreline 21-17.
Flyers opened the second quarter with another scoring run. Mayindombe found Jalan McCloud for a driving lay-up and McCloud returned the favour, dishing to Mayindombe for a triple. Champion knocked down another three to complete the 10-2 run.
McCloud remained the distributor, finding Gray for a three-pointer before Williams answered with a soft touch on a mid-range two. Edozie matched the basket with a jump shot of his own from another McCloud assist. Thomas showed off his range hitting a pair of huge three-pointers as the quarter drew to a close to make it 46-31 at the half.
Williams kept the hot hand through the quarter break hitting again from the mid-range. Delpeche elevated to block Williams’ next shot attempt. Thomas ran the floor for a fast break alley-oop dunk off the pass from McCloud.
Flyers’ stifling defence continued as McCloud stripped the ball from Mvuezolo and made the pass to Thomas for a high flying reverse dunk. Quincy Taylor took it upon himself to begin dismantling the Flyers’ lead. He got to the free throw line multiple times in the quarter, hit a three-pointer and continued to get to the rim.
Panos Mayindombe answered the scoring onslaught with a pair of lay-ups; first a high flying put back and then deflecting a bad pass and chasing down the loose ball for a fast break score. Flyers finished the period with another pair of dunks. Thomas again ran the floor and received a full court pass from McCloud for a third forceful dunk in the quarter. With time against him, McCloud threw a well timed lob pass to Edozie which the big man threw down with both hands to finish the quarter with Flyers ahead 66-53.
The fourth quarter saw Flyers offence begin to lose its edge and Scorchers took full advantage. Taylor found Atwood for a three-pointer and then Chaed Wellian for a dunk. Edozie was active on the offensive glass and drew an offensive foul on a put-back attempt. He sank both free throws to restore a double figure lead.
The teams continued to trade baskets as the clock became a factor. Coach Raftopoulos took a time out as Edozie hit another put back lay-up. A well executed full court press managed to produce some Flyers turnovers and the lead was reduced to six with a minute remaining.
Coach Raftopoulos took his last time out and drew up a play which saw Ogedengbe sink a dagger three pointer. A controversial technical foul followed of Coach Creon allowed Flyers to stretch the lead from the foul line before Gray put the nail in the coffin with a huge dunk off a dime from Taylor to make it 80-73.