Report: Sheffield Sharks 86-66 Bristol Flyers
Friday, March 29th 2019
Another slow start proved costly for Bristol Flyers against Sheffield Sharks away from home.
In a game where Daniel Edozie surpassed 1,000 career rebounds, the Sharks led from start to finish with the gap peaking at 31 points in a convincing home win,
Rob Marsden opened up the scoring for the hosts with a lay-up, which was quickly answered back by Jalan McCloud. Chris Alexander found Marsden in the paint again and Gray picked up an early foul trying to prevent another score. Alexander stole a wayward pass and sank a three-pointer to extend the early lead.
Turnovers remained costly for the Flyers, leading to a 10-0 Sharks run to give them a comfortable buffer. Tevin Falzon brought some energy from the bench, finding McCloud on the perimeter and then completing a three-point-play of his own. The Flyers offensive woes returned for the rest of the first period with an 11-0 run from the Sharks to end the first, 28-9.
Dirk Williams heated up to start the second period and Flyers found themselves falling further behind. Fred Thomas hit a jumper, but an early second foul forced him back to the bench. Gray was able to get back to the line to stem the bleeding. Flyers foul trouble issues were exacerbated as Edozie picked up an offensive foul and Gray was penalised for another shooting foul on Alexander.
Coach Kapoulas burned a time-out, but his team continued to struggle at both ends of the floor, allowing more points in the paint and seeing the deficit grow beyond 30 points. Gray stepped up to try to prevent the game slipping away before half-time. He was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all the free throws count. Lewis Champion made a key steal setting up a McCloud transition three-pointer and forcing a Sharks time-out.
The run continued with Gray getting back to the free throw line for two more easy points. Flyers ended the quarter on a high note with Champion getting another steal to release Gray for a fast break dunk. Despite the late improvement in play, the half-time score was 51-25.
Thomas began the second half with renewed agression and was able to find multiple ways to score. Flyers put together a better defensive quarter, but Williams continued to do the damage. With their improved defence fuelling their offence, Flyers were able to pull together a winning quarter and finished the third period down 67-45.
Bristol were unable to cut further into the lead, trading baskets for the early part of the fourth quarter. With the outcome decided, both teams rotated in their benches. Jordan Nicholls made the most of the opportunity, feeding Delpeche for a dunk. Coach Kapoulas used a last time-out to plan an out of bounds play that resulted in Nicholls delivering a lob pass to the front of the rim for Delpeche to throw down. The highlight plays came too late and time expired with the score 86-66.
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