Report: Sheffield Sharks 75-76 Bristol Flyers
Friday, March 30th 2018
Bristol Flyers claimed a hard-fought victory away at Sheffield Sharks, coming out winners in a topsy-turvy encounter.
Adam Weary led the game with 16 points as well as four rebounds and two assists, whilst Leslee Smith claimed a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds .
Flyers won the tip but a fumble from Smith saw possession handed to Sharks with Marsden making the layup.
Dirk Williams then made a three for Sharks before Smith plundered Flyers' first points of the night.
It was a fast paced start with the sides trading baskets quickly.
A big three from Jordan Davis put Flyers into a three point lead with Bristol stretching that lead to seven points on the next couple of plays.
Sharks redoubled their efforts to get within three points of Flyers before a big Weary three at the end of the quarter saw Bristol up 22-28.
Sheffield struggled offensively during the opening exchanges in the second, going two and a half minutes without a score.
Flyers had no such trouble, with everything seeming to drop, building that lead up to 12 points.
Sharks began to find some success on their shooting, but Flyers were relentless, Chris Taylor hitting a three to increase the margin.
With Flyers threatening to run away with it, Sheffield were given a route back into the game as Bristol put them to the free throw line on two consecutive possessions - Sharks sinking all four to reduce the deficit to single digits.
Davis then made another huge three to put Flyers back up by 12 but Sheffield responded with a three of their own to cut it back down.
A fantastic lay-up move by Williams put Sharks a couple of points closer before Chris Alexander drove to the basket to cut Flyers lead to just five at the break, 42-47.
Sharks went on a 5-0 run at the start of the third to get within two.
A technical was called on Rohndell Goodwin and a Rob Marsden layup on the following possession handed Sharks the lead for the first time since the first, 54-52.
Some sloppy play from Flyers allowed Sharks the freedom to build their lead - Nick Burns calling a timeout to halt the momentum with the home side up by six.
It was a real contrast from the second quarter, with nothing dropping in this period for Bristol.
This was neveer summed up better than by a nice move between Weary and Smith ending with the ball rolling agonisingly around the rim and dropping into the grateful clutches of a Sharks player.
Flyers couldn't get anything going offensively and their night was to get worse as Panos Mayindombe took a bad bump and appeared to be in considerable pain as he left on the court at the end of the third with a nasty looking injury.
Sharks up 66-54 heading into the fourth.
Flyers and Smith in particular came out all guns blazing in the fourth, hitting five straight point to get Flyers back in touch.
Weary then hit a nice layup followed by a big three as the comeback began to look a possibility, the scores a lot closer at 68-64.
A fabulous move and assist from Davis saw Malcolm Delpeche with the layup under the rim to get Flyers within three, before Delpeche secured the defensive rebound, Weary making the jump shot to make it a one-point game.
With 25 seconds left on the clock Delpeche made the layup to put the away side back in front in this topsy turvy game, 75-76.
Sharks called a timeout but missed the two point attempt on their possession. Flyers attempted to run the clock down but a slip from Weary handed possession back to the home side with five seconds left.
Following another timeout Sharks went for the win, but their attempts to drive to the basket were well blocked by Flyers as the game ended 75-76.
Photos courtesy of John Taff.
Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants
Friday, April 6th.