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Report: Bristol Flyers 63-67 London Lions

In a game that could have gone either way, London Lions edged it 63-67 at the WISE Arena.

Despite being led by Leslee Smith with 14 points and six rebounds, Flyers were unable to overcome a fourth quarter deficit.

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What happened

It was the visitors who opened the scoring, with Momcilo Latinovic driving into the heart of the Flyers defence for the lay-up off the glass.

Jordan Davis responded with his own slashing move to the paint, drawing the contact and heading to the line. Although Davis only converted on the first free throw, Daniel Edozie fought hard for the offensive board and followed up with his own shot; drawing the And-1 to convert from the line to build a slim lead.

As the home squad attacked the rim, Lions countered from long range with back-to-back three-pointers from Demonte Flannigan and Justin Robinson, respectively.

Lions, who were buoyed by Latinovic's 11 first quarter points on 66% shooting, continued to bomb away from long range propelling them into the lead.

Both squads battled for control of the contest as the quarter came to a close; Davis with a spectacular move for the lay-up amongst the trees and Smith banking inside for a two of his own. The first period came to a close, Lions leading 18-21.

Both teams started the second quarter with increased intensity, with neither side looking ready to relinquish control of the contest.

Flyers opened the second quarter closing the gap,  Bradon Boggs driving hard inside for the impressive layup. Lions retaliated with Joe Ikhimwin, soaring for the statue of liberty slam dunk.

Despite Lions proving they were ready for a competitive contest, Flyers put together a seven-point run; Mike Vigor hitting a lay-up inside, Smith connecting from the three-point arc and Boggs slashing to the rim again for the score.

Bristol enjoyed a brief lead but London weren't giving up easily, searching for offence they turned to Latinovic who provided a quick two pointer. Coach K called for time, but it could not stop Lions' momentum and they continued their offensive onslaught.

Suddenly Lions were back in the game after a fiery offensive stretch, Will Hall hitting a two pointer, Justin Robinson slashing in the lane and converting on the And-1 and Paul Guede capping off the run with a triple.

In one of the last plays of the half, Boggs took control by rising up for the dunk. As the teams entered the half-time break they were tied up, the score 38-38.

The third quarter began just how the first half finished, both teams trading buckets and clicking offensively.

Edozie began working his way deep into the paint and scoring the lay-up for the lead. Latinovic countered by driving to the rim, drawing the foul on Boggs and connecting from the free-throw line to tie it up.

Rohndell Goodwin posted up, shimmying himself free for a beautiful turn around jumper. Any Flyers' lead was quickly snuffed out by Latinovic, connecting from the three-point line consistently throughout the third.

As the fourth quarter beckoned, nothing could separate the teams, 51 apiece.

Panos Mayindombe began the fourth quarter, providing valuable contributions off the bench.

The Bristol guard kept possessions alive, sparking the offence by cutting directly to the hole for the bucket and drawing the offensive foul on the defensive end on the following possession.

Goodwin provided more offence to keep the Lions at bay, hitting the three-pointer to give Flyers a five-point fourth quarter lead.  But Lions refused to give up, they forced themselves into the lead in the final few minutes by getting to the free-throw line at will and converting.

As the Flyers looked to respond, Lions pulled away further with Guede connecting on a deep two-pointer.

Smith brought Flyers within two points with less than a minute to play by hitting a three-pointer.

With a chance to tie the game, Adam Weary slashed to the rim for a lay-up but was met by Guede, rejecting the Bristol guard's attempt and closing the door on Flyers, 63-67.

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Next game

Bristol Flyers v Newcastle Eagles (H)
Saturday, November 25th 2017 (7.30pm)