Report: Cheshire Phoenix 87-93 Bristol Flyers
Sunday, November 25th 2018
Bristol Flyers completed another double-winning weekend with a crucial road victory over Cheshire Phoenix.
Fred Thomas led all scorers with 26 points and added six rebounds and three steals. Jalan McCloud remained hot after his huge performance against Worcester, adding a further 20 points to bring his total for the weekend up to 51.
McCloud made sure he kept his rhythm going early, elevating for a pull-up jumper for the first two points of the game. He then stole the ball to feed Justin Gray for a breakaway lay-up.
Thomas got his long range game going, sizing up the defence before firing a three to complete a 7-0 run. Phoenix regrouped and were able to get back into the game with a 6-0 run of their own topped off by a dunk from Jimario Rivers.
A Jordan Session lay-up followed by another Rivers dunk gave Cheshire their first lead of the game. Lewis Champion added energy from the bench getting to the line and breaking down the defence for a lay-up to put Flyers ahead.
Momcilo Latinovic lauched from three to snatch the lead back, but Thomas responded with a two-point jump shot. McCloud was again able to disrupt on defence and his steal turned into a transition lay-up for Mayindombe to make it a two possession game. Phoenix rose to the challenge with a quick couple of scores to take the lead 20-18 at the end of the first quarter.
McCloud fed Thomas for a post-up to start the second and Thomas swished the jumper to tie it back up again. Cheshire seized the momentum back and made back to back scores.
Both teams traded baskets for several minutes until Champion made a big play to strip the ball from Rivers and draw an unsportsmanlike foul. He hit both to cut the lead back to four points.
Champion hustled to grab the loose ball after a miss and was rewarded with another foul drawn, this time Daniel Norl the culprit as Champion shot a three. Champion made all the foul shots to bring it to a one point game.
An 8-0 run from Phoenix followed and Justin Gray checked back in to stop the bleeding with a crossover and pull up jumpshot. Falzon and McCloud made scores to keep it under control heading into the half behind 48-42.
Phoenix came out strong in the second half, extending their lead steadily until Falzon made his ex-employers regret releasing him with back to back triples.
Thomas gave the Flyers a huge boost, snatching the ball away from Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan and speeding down court for a mailman dunk. The third ended 69-66.
Thomas showed confidence with a long jumpshot over his defender to start the fourth. Thomas and McCloud traded off scores with a Thomas three cutting the lead to just one point.
McCloud then put Flyers back ahead with a driving layup through traffic. Flyers dialled in from long range with Thomas and Gray sinking threes to extend the lead.
A McCloud lay-up competed an 11-0 run for the Flyers with just over two minutes remaining. Phoenix tried to put together a run, but a Champion dime to a cutting Edozie for a two handed slam kept the game out of reach heading into the final minute.
Flyers closed out the game at the free throw-line. McCloud completed his perfect weekend at the foul line with two more. Gray then made his first trip to the line in the dying seconds and calmly hit both foul shots to seal the win 87-93.