Report: Newcastle Eagles 82-64 Bristol Flyers
Friday, March 22nd 2019
Bristol Flyers fell victim to a slow start in Newcastle to drop to 10-13 on the season.
The hosts raced out to a 10-3 lead in the first period and never looked back, despite a strong 15 point performance from Fred Thomas.
Chris Taylor giving the scorekeeper their first work of the night with a steal and a score, before Eagles big man Victor Moses quickly answered with a steal and a two of his own. Moses recycled his own miss to Jamal Williams to knock down a three and put Eagles ahead for the first time.
With Flyers struggling to score, Eagles extended their early lead and forced a Flyers timeout. A Justin Gray three pointer stemmed the bleeding, but Moses continued to trouble the Flyers’ defence going for 12 points in the period. Flyers were down 26-11 by the end of the first quarter.
Thomas knocked down an early two to eat into the lead. Kyle Williams responded with a dagger three and a Rahmon Fletcher steal led to an easy score for Jeremy Smith. Gray was able to hit his trademark midrange jumper, but Rahmon Fletcher answered with a score of his own.
Eagles veteran big man Darius Defoe scored on back-to-back offences and Coach Kapoulas took a time out. Thomas stayed hot, hitting from the midrange and getting back to the line for two more points. Marcus Delpeche checked back into the game and completed back-to-back scores of his own. Flyers won the second quarter, but were still down 47-36 at half-time.
Moses threw down a dunk to open the second half. Flyers’ offensive rhythm was broken with a 24 second violation. Taylor turned distributor, first finding McCloud on the perimeter with a touch pass allowing him to drive past his defender for a two. Then setting up a one handed Delpeche dunk with a strong drive.
Flyers suffered another cold spell with hard to come by points found at the free throw line. The low-scoring third quarter saw Eagles extend their lead to 63-47.
Panos Mayindombe brought much-needed energy from the bench to start the fourth, making a steal and drawing a foul to cut into the lead. With the shot clock running low, the ball went out of bounds and Coach Kapoulas took the opportunity to draw up a play for another much-needed score.
Flyers’ momentum was lost and Eagles got back to their scoring ways, hitting in the paint and from outside the arc to extend their lead. Late flashes of better offensive play from Flyers were not enough to change the outcome and Eagles held on for the win.