Around The Club – Weekend Preview
Posted: Thursday, February 22nd 2018
Friday, February 23rd 2018
Bristol Flyers failed to secure their fourth home victory in a row, as they fell to the visiting Surrey Scorchers 90-100.
Despite being led by Brandon Boggs with 30 points and five rebounds, Flyers drop to 10-10 for the season.
🎥 All the action from tonight's game: pic.twitter.com/NsNbp4nqxu— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) February 23, 2018
Flyers opened the game with swift ball movement and Mike Vigor was the beneficiary with two quick lay-ups.
Tony Hicks responded with a coast to coast lay-up and Tayo Ogedengbe followed up with a short two-pointer in the paint to tie the game. Another quick score from the visitors, a three-pointer, forced Coach K to call an early time-out.
Straight from the time-out Flyers ran a back door cut to get Boggs, on his way to 14 first half points on 100% shooting, for an alley-oop slam dunk.
The quarter erupted into an incredible pace, as both teams traded buckets throughout the first; though Flyers were more efficient shooting 64% for the opening period and took a 26-24 lead at the break.
In contrast to the first, the second quarter began surprisingly flat; both teams missed on their opening possessions.
Finally, Surrey broke the deadlock by driving to the basket, drawing contact and converting from the foul line. But Boggs came out on the following possession driving straight to the hole for the lay-up.
The offensive flurry didn't last long, as mid-way through the second period neither the visitors or the home team could string together any field goals.
Scorchers continued to put pressure on Flyers' defence by drawing a number of fouls. With just under half five minutes to go, Flyers were in the penalty and Scorchers made them pay by getting to the foul line with ease, shooting ten free-throws for the second quarter.
Despite Adam Weary heating up late in the closing minutes of the first half, scoring 11 points on 100% shooting, Surrey built a slender lead heading into half time 44-48.
Surrey executed a perfect pick and roll to find Gerald Robinson inside for the lay-up on their first possession of the second half. Vigor responded by working deep into the paint, shooting, taking the contact and converting the And-1.
Flyers worked tenaciously on defence to suffocate the visitors' offence, but Bristol could not quite take control of the contest, and for every Flyer run Surrey had an answer.
The intensity of the game picked up half-way through the third, Flyers caught Boggs on again on a back door alley-oop slam dunk.
Taking the cue from Boggs, Jordan Davis splashed it from the three-point arc , and Weary threw himself into the visitors' defence, drawing the foul and converting on the And-1.
With the score tied at 68 apiece, it looked as though Flyers would finally take the lead. But as they had done so many times throughout the game, Scorchers went on a run to surge in front 68-75.
Weary brought Flyers within four points with a corner three-pointer to start the final period. Scorchers responded with an alley-oop slam dunk by Tayo and an And-1 from Hicks.
Surrey began to pull away by scoring with greater regularity, and Flyers seemed to unravel offensively. Though Bristol threatened a late comeback, Scorchers executed calmly and maintained their lead. The visitors held out 90-100.
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