Report: Bristol Flyers 79-76 Sheffield Sharks
Tuesday, April 17th 2018
Bristol Flyers moved a step closer to the play-offs with a win over Sheffield Sharks in a pulsating game of basketball.
Adam Weary top scored for Flyers with 23 points whilst Dirk Williams led the game with 26 points.
All the best plays from Flyers victory over Sheffield. pic.twitter.com/wx5aUjMFCs— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) April 17, 2018
Sharks won the tip but couldn't make the most of the first possession, Anthony Wroblicky being called for travelling.
It was a sloppy start for both sides with Brandon Boggs dropping the ball at Wroblicky's feet to hand Sharks an easy two on the fastbreak.
Sharks were playing some strong full court pressure in the opening stages, looking to force Flyers into mistakes.
A Boggs airball saw Sheffield break again, Williams finishing emphatically with the two-handed slam.
Flyers were keeping pace with their ethusistic opponents, Weary sinking the three to put the home side into an early lead.
Weary turned provider to set Rohndell Goodwin up for the alleyoop lay-up, to extend the lead to five points midway through the first period.
Weary was in the thick of things, grabbing the and1 play to put Flyers up by eight.
If Weary was starring for Flyers, Dirk Williams was doing the same for Sharks.
Williams sparked a fightback with a big three, with Christophers Alexander and Williams then making and1 plays to get within one point of Bristol.
The ever reliable Jordan Davis then hit a three from downtown and a couple of free throws to rebuild that home lead, 23-17 at the end of the first.
Flyers began the second quarter well, extending the lead to eight points. Sharks high pressure game began to take it's toll on the home side, forcing several turnovers to allow the away side to tie the game up at 27 apiece.
Another Williams slam saw Nick Burns call a timeout with Sharks holding a four-point lead, their biggest of the game at that point.
Williams and Alexander were making all the difference in the second, putting Sharks into an eight-point lead.
The game however was swinging back and forth, a couple of quick plays from the home side cutting that lead to four. Sharks scored on the next possession and Leslee Smith was unable to recreate Goodwin's half court buzzer beater from Cheshire, 33-39 at the half.
The second half began in much the same vein as the first had ended with Sharks very much on top. The Flyers highlight in the early stages being a rare Smith three.
Bristol seemed to have no answer to the offensive strenghths of Alexnder, Williams and Wroblicky who were all in double digits for scoring midway through the third as Sheffield threatened to run away with it.
Sharks were also well on top of the Flyers offense, limiting Flyers to long range attempts. One such attempt was made by Weary, Sharks immediately calling a timeout to halt any momentum the home side looked to gain.
As it had in the first half, the game swung again, this time in Bristol's favour.
Some intense home defence coupled with some stronger offensive work that resulted in an incredible play between Davis and Boggs, Davis' 360 spin pass finished by Boggs' three, put Flyers within one point. The third ending 57-58.
The momentum had well and truly shifted at the beginning of the fourth, Davis and Malcolm Delpeche putting Flyers back into the lead.
And back it swung again. Sharks tied the game before Edgar McKnight hit an open three to put the away side back up by three.
A couple of turnovers from Flyers followed, with Williams making yet another three pointer to hand Sharks an eight-point lead, 61-69.
Coach Burns called another timeout but that man Williams continued his onslaught of the Flyers' basket, sinking another three.
The teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes before Flyers were given a glimmer of hope, Weary heading to the free throw line for three.
The American guard made all three to the delight of the home crowd.
Sharks were penalised for an eight-second violation on the next play, Marcus Delpeche making the lay-up to bring Flyers within four.
Delpeche was then put to the line for two, which he duly dispatched as the WISE arena urged their team on.
A Goodwin steal saw Boggs put to the line himself with the chance to tie things up. Boggs matched Delpeche's effort to tie it up with one minute left on the clock.
Another Sharks turnover ended with Goodwin at the line with Flyers in the bonus.
Goodwin made one of two, Flyers up 77-76.
A huge defensive rebound from Marcus Delpeche saw Weary fouled - Weary again making both to put Flyers up by three with 4.7 seconds on the clock.
Alexander missed the three attempt to see Flyers run out 79-76 winners to end a fantastic game.
RSG Player of the game
Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Worcester Wolves
Saturday, April 21st (7.30pm)