Report: London Lions 84-55 Bristol Flyers
Tuesday, March 13th 2018
Bristol Flyers fell to a rampant London Lions at the Copperbox Arena, 84-55.
Leslee Smith led the way for Flyers with 17 but the away side never really got going in this Tuesday night game.
Neither side caught light early on, with Brandon Peel opening the scoring almost a full minute into the game.
Leslee Smtih hit a jump two followed by another jump shot, this time for three to put Flyers up early.
Joe Ikhinmwin and a Peel free throw got Lions level before Jordan Davis drove to the rim with a nice lay-up finish.
Lions upped their game with a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to build a seven point lead.
Although Bristol improved their rebounding on both the offensive and defensive ends, Peel went to the free throw line at the end of the first to maintain the home side's advantage, 19-13.
A Peel three and Dzarflo Larkai free throw extended the Lions' lead, although a nice Brandon Boggs three reduced the deficit.
Rohndell Goodwin and Mike Vigor got put to the line to bring Flyers within four. Although Flyers were faring well from the free throw line, they were struggling to make their shots from open play,
shooting just 26% from the field in the first half.
Had Lions managed to improve on their 42% from the field they could well have been out of sight at the half.
As it was the away side still had some hope at the end of the second, 43-29.
The teams traded baskets early on in the second, Jonathon Thompson and Smith hitting three pointers for their respective sides. Vince Macauley was then given a technical with Goodwin making the free throw.
Smith then got put to the line, making one before Boggs gobbled up the rebound from the second and Davis made the jump shot to put Flyers back to within 10 points.
Some stronger defensive work from the away side led to a shot clock violation from Lions, with Macauley calling a timeout as the momentum began to shift.
Lions began the next possession with a three from Thompson - Smith sinking a three of his own to keep pace.
London upped their own defensive pressure forcing Flyers into taking some tough shots, to hold a 14 point lead at the end of the third.
Paul Guede then added to London's lead on the restart but failed to extend it further following a technical being called on Coach Kapoulas.
It wouldn't make any difference to the flow of the game as London continued to hit a greater percentage of their shots whilst keeping Flyers offence quiet.
Lions increased the final margin to 29 points in the final period, running out 84-55 winners.
Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Cheshire Phoenix
Saturday, March 24th (7.30pm)
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