Report: London Lions 77-57 Bristol Flyers
Wednesday, April 10th 2019
Bristol Flyers were unable to pick up a second win in a week over the BBL league leaders at UEL Sportsdock.
A low-scoring start saw the Flyers lead 17-20 after nearly 17 minutes of action, before the home side went on an 11-0 run to take control. The Lions pulled further clear in the third as the gap increased above 20 and they completed a comfortable win in the end.
Defence was the order of the day throughout the first period. Lions were the first to put the scorekeeper to work with a Ladarius Tabb lay-up. Neither side was able to find the basket again until the fifth minute when Fred Thomas was able to grab an offensive rebound and score a field goal. A three-pointer from Jordan Spencer was quickly answered with a triple from Lewis Champion. Spencer was able to make a transition basket but Flyers again answered quickly, this time with a three-pointer from Panos Mayindombe to give them their first lead of the game. Lions closed the quarter with a 4-0 run to go ahead 11-8.
Reigning league MVP Justin Robinson broke through the Flyers defence for a lay-up. Tevin Falzon responded with a three-pointer to keep the game close. Justin Gray got hot for Flyers making a mid-range jump-shot and then a three-pointer on consecutive possessions.
Daniel Edozie was able to find seams in the Lions defence to get into the paint for a lay-up. Falzon found Edozie with a nice pass out of a double team for another open lay-up to give Flyers a 17-20 lead. Lions Captain Joe Ikinhmwin answered with a three-pointer to tie the game back up and ignite a scoring run from his team; Lions closed out the first half going 13-2. A Coach Kapoulas time out resulted in a Justin Gray score to stem the bleeding but Flyers found themselves behind 30-22 heading into half-time.
Flyers opened the third period trading baskets with the hosts. Edozie was able to get to the free throw line and Gray , Fred Thomas and Jordan Nicholls all made scores in the mid-range. An 11-0 run from the Lions put them firmly in control of the game. Thomas showed off his post moves with a turnaround jumpshot and Mayindombe sank a late jump shot to make it 56-33 at the end of the third.
Flyers upped their offensive output in the fourth period, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Lions were successful in limiting scoring opportunities for Flyers throughout the game holding them to 28% shooting from the floor and allowing just 10 points in the paint. Improved outside shooting saw Mayindombe, Falzon and Gray all connect from distance in the last quarter.
Flyers were also found success getting to the line down the stretch with Delpeche, Mayindombe and Thomas all getting to the stripe for the first time and hitting their free throws. Delpeche showed off his Eurostep late in the game, driving past his defender for a reverse lay-up. Despite these improvements the game finished in a comfortable Lions victory, 77-57.
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