Report: Bristol Flyers 76-59 Leeds Force
Friday, April 27th 2018
Bristol Flyers cruised to a 76-59 victory over the visiting Leeds Force, despite the threat of a late comeback from the away side.
Led by Brandon Boggs with 20 points and six assists, Flyers have opportunity to clinch the sixth seed Sunday against Manchester Giants.
The SGS WISE arena regular season finale opened up with Flyers turning the ball over, which led to Gazmend Sinani driving into the hole for two of his 12 first half points.
Rohndell Goodwin responded with his patent step back jumper and then forced a turn over for a quick lay-up, which was quickly countered with a Sinani three-pointer.
Although Leeds had failed to secure a win away from home, the visitors weren't going through the motions; Force were up by two mid-way through the first forcing a time out.
Straight out of the time out Bristol went on a dominant stretch to re-establish control of the contest; Boggs hit a three-pointer, Daniel Edozie jammed it with authority.
Marcus Delpeche showed the his value late in the first, as he flushed it down to convert the And-1 and beat the first quarter buzzer with a inside lay-up. Bristol Flyers led 17-9.
Bristol turned it up defensively with Delpeche blocking the Leeds Force shot early on in the second, then Flyers forced Leeds to commit two straight 24 second violations.
Leeds struggled against the Flyers' defence, as they took almost three minutes to score their first bucket of the second quarter. Boggs dazzled on the offensive end with the And-1, and then an alley-oop finish on the following play.
Sinani continued to be a threat, but Flyers were pushing him farther and farther from the basket to make the Leeds' big man work harder for his points. The perimeter defensive pressure from Flyers was swarming, frenetic and suffocating.
The home team's defence caused Leeds to commit 11 first half turnovers, one of which led to Boggs stuffing the ball with two hands. Bristol's stranglehold on the Leeds' attack ensured Flyers went into the break 37-23 .
Force started the second half impressively with a George Brownell elbow jump shot for two points and Sinani with the lay-up. Leeds then cut the lead to single digits behind a Brownell three-pointer.
After letting their lead slip, Flyers deployed their full court defence to shut the door on Leeds' attack and enabled them to rebuild their lead with a deep triple from Jordan Davis and a lovely step back three-pointer from Adam Weary.
Despite Force beating the buzzer with a Williams' short jumper, Flyers went into the fourth with a 14 point lead.
Both teams traded baskets at the beginning of the fourth. Brownell opened the final period with a three-pointer to bring the visitors within 11 points, but Flyers retaliated by finding Edozie inside for two points.
Williams caught Edozie sleeping inside on the next possession and converted on the And-1. As the contest wore on, Leeds started to string together some field goals to cut Bristol's lead to just eight points.
However, as Flyers had done all game, every time Leeds threatened to tie it up, Bristol responded with defence. Edozie emphatically rejected Williams' jump shot and went coast to coast for the lay-up. This display of dominance seemed to open the game up, as Boggs was found on the break for the two-handed slam dunk.
Flyers ultimately put the visitors away by a comfortable margin 76-59.
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