Report: London Lions 81-68 Bristol Flyers
Friday, January 4th 2019
Bristol Flyers were unable to pick up their first win of 2019 against the table-topping London Lions.
Fred Thomas led Flyers with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists, whilst Jalan McCloud matched his scoring off the bench with 14 points and six assists.
Flyers made a switch in the starting line-up with Lewis Champion getting the nod over McCloud. Lions built an early 7-0 lead before Daniel Edozie got Flyers on the scoreboard with a lay-up.
London continued to score seemingly at will to extend their lead to double digits, before Coach Kapoulas brought in McCloud who injected some much-needed energy for his side
Lions remained hot from beyond the arc and a three from the reigning league MVP Justin Robinson followed to trigger Flyers’ first time out trailing 22-12.
Flyers closed out the quarter with an effort play from Panos Mayindombe leading to a three-pointer from way behind the line from McCloud. The slow start was costly but Flyers seemed to be tipping the momentum back in their favour, 26-18.
Flyers improved their defence in the second period to hold London scoreless for two minutes, with Marcus Delpeche and Vigor both scoring inside.
Bristol continued to crash the offensive glass and Edozie sank a pair of second chance lay-ups to keep it close. Thomas took over with a pair of mid-range scores to tie up the game.
Lions responded with a powerful dunk from Kervin Bristol and a transition lay-up from Ladarius Tabb. Justin Gray knocked down a key three pointer and Thomas followed with a lay-up of his own to give Flyers their first lead of the game.
Bristol closed the half with a 5-0 run capped off by a huge steal and pull-up three from McCloud to give Flyers a 42-39 lead at half-time.
Jordan Spencer found Kervin Bristol with a lob pass to once again put Flyers behind. Gray picked up an early third foul on a charge call and a Spencer three pointer followed by a couple of easy scores for Lions was enough to put them back up 51-45.
A big block from Kervin Bristol released Ladarius Tabb for an easy score. Flyers dug in on defence to force a string of Lions misses. Tabb was eventually able to break through with a transition alley-oop dunk to put the lead back in double figures.
With Flyers struggling to score in the fourth period, Lions continued to grow their lead maxing out at sixteen points. Flyers battled back, finding stops and scoring in the paint from Thomas, Edozie and Vigor.
Lions managed the clock well to round off the game, with Flyers’ foul trouble seeing the game slip away from them, finishing 81-68.