Report: London Lions 96-76 Bristol Flyers
Monday, October 12th 2020
Bristol Flyers soared early, but ran out of gas in the second half, falling 96-76 on the road to London Lions in their first pre-season game of the 2020/21 season.
Eric Lockett led Flyers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists, whilst Zach Copeland scored 19 of his 20 points in the first half on his Bristol Flyers debut.
Flyers got off to a strong start, with Marcus Delpeche dominating inside, racking up 12 points in the period. Lions were led by the inside out game of NBA veteran Byron Mullens. The big man hit four three pointers in the quarter on his way to 16 points. Flyers withstood the barrage from distance to close out the quarter ahead 23-35.
Lockett and Copeland controlled the second quarter. Copeland was effective in pressuring the Lions defence and getting to the foul line. His skill in connecting on the move translated into a fadeaway jump shot over two defenders on his way to totalling 20 points in the game. Lockett kept the defence honest, spacing the floor with strong outside shooting of his own as the Flyers extended their lead to 44-49 at the half.
The momentum shifted away from the visitors in the second half, with Flyers faltering on offence, giving London the opportunity to edge ahead. Raphell Thomas-Edwards and Copeland remained effective in drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. Lions guard Kevin Ware led the comeback and saw his team ahead 70-61 at the end of the third quarter.
Flyers fell further behind early in the fourth as costly turnovers allowed the Lions to score in transition. As the lead extended past double figures Coach Kapoulas took a time out to settle his squad. They were able to stem the bleeding a little in response but not close the gap.
Positive signs still emerged for Bristol, with SGS Academy player Finley Woodward making his debut for the BBL team, scoring his first points. Daniel Edozie collected ten rebounds in the game, whilst second SGS Academy guard Marvin Dinnall coped well in the starting point line-up, with Josh Wilcher recovering from injury.
Flyers will be back for more pre-season action when they host Sheffield Sharks on Saturday October 17th.