Report: Glasgow Rocks 113-111 Bristol Flyers (4OT)
Sunday, April 7th 2019
Bristol Flyers left it all on the court in a thrilling quadruple overtime game against Glasgow Rocks away from home.
In only the fifth game in BBL history to last four periods of overtime, Fred Thomas led all scorers with a 32 point performance, adding 11 rebounds to complete a superb double-double.
Lewis Champion racked up a quick five points to get Flyers going, making the most of a return to the starting line-up with Jalan McCloud out through injury. An 8-0 run from the Rocks followed, but Thomas kept it close by hitting a mid-range jumpshot off an assist from Panos Mayindombe.
Rocks’ veteran Kieron Achara checked in and was able to draw a foul and profit at the free throw line. A three-pointer from Thomas saw Flyers retake the lead in the final seconds of the quarter. However, in a sign of things to come, Rocks levelled the score 17-17 before the buzzer went at the end of the first period.
Mike Vigor had a great start to the second quarter. He got post position and finished a hook shot then followed-up with a triple to put Flyers ahead once more. A three point play by Champion forced a Rocks timeout, as the lead stretched to eight points.
Flyers kept the pressure on the Rocks’ defence attacking the paint relentlessly. Tevin Falzon was next to complete a three-point-play, but Rocks answered with scoring from their centre Ali Fraser to keep the game from getting out of control. A late three pointer from Tadas Rinkunas made the score 37-40 at half time.
Rocks came out rolling after the rest period, netting a quick seven points to overturn the lead and force an early Flyers timeout. Scrappy play continued with multiple turnovers from both teams until Thomas was able to get out for a fast break dunk to reclaim the lead. Achara and Vigor traded baskets before Thomas drove to the hoop for a soaring lay-up to give his side back the lead 49-51 at the end of the third.
Costly turnovers for Flyers down the stretch prevented them putting the game out of reach. A turnover leading to an unsportsmanlike foul gave Rocks two free throws and a further possession. Greg Pryor knocked down both foul shots and followed with a basket to tie the game with seconds remaining.
Vigor’s lay-up attempt was turned away by Zeigler and Gray grabbed the offensive rebound. His three-point attempt did not hit the mark and the game went to overtime, 69-69.
With Pryor back at the line to re-gain the Rocks’ lead, the Flyers looked to have lost the momentum. A game-tying three-pointer from Panos Mayindombe forced an additional five minutes of action.
Edozie was able to get to the foul line and hit both shots. Thomas followed with a steal and a transition score to level the game. Thomas drew an unsportsmanlike foul from Gareth Murray, but Flyers were unable to use the advantage to build a lead. Thomas finally put his team ahead with a dagger three-pointer, but Pryor tied the game back up at the line and a triple from Rinkunas threatened to end the game.
Thomas answered with a key score and a quick foul sent Pryor back to the line where he finally missed a crucial free throw with seconds remaining. Another clutch jumpshot from Thomas forced a third overtime period.
With both teams trading baskets early in the third overtime it was again Rocks who took a slight advantage, with Achara knocking down a three-pointer to establish a five point lead. More heroics from Thomas followed. He got to the line for two free throws then made another timely steal, finding Gray for a transition lay-up to cut the lead to three points. Another Thomas rebound led to him drawing a further foul, where he tied the game back up at 102 to trigger quadruple overtime.
A putback dunk from Delpeche put Flyers ahead early, before a score from Rinkunas and a coffin nail three from Bunyan put Rocks back on top. Crucial missed free throws from Glasgow left to door open for Bristol to tie the game with a triple, but Rocks smartly fouled to regain the ball and time ran out on a hard-fought game.