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Report: Bristol Flyers 82-74 Worcester Wolves

Bristol Flyers produced a strong performance to see off the visiting Worcester Wolves 82-74.

What happened

It was a messy start for both sides at the SGS WISE Arena with it taking over two minutes for the first points to go down, Leslee Smith laying the ball in. On the next possession Brandon Boggs brought the crowd to their feet, throwing the ball down on the fast break.

Robert Gilchrist showed the Flyers fans what they’re used to seeing from Boggs with an alley-oop dunk and the forward followed that with a smooth jumper to give the Wolves the lead.

Gilchrist again was the go-to option for the Wolves finishing a second alley-oop. With it being All-Star weekend in the U.S. this weekend, the sides kept on trading All-Star calibre baskets as Daniel Edozie was able to finish an alley-oop lay-up from Jordan Davis’ pass.

The Flyers regained the lead on Panos Mayindombe’s corner three but the lead soon switched sides again as Parrish was able to take advantage of a poor defensive rebounding effort to finish nicely in the paint.

With both sides continuing the trade baskets the Wolves were able to take the lead again with Elvisi Dusha making both his shots from the line to give Worcester a 17-19 lead at the end of the first.

The Flyers opened the scoring in the second quarter as Mayindombe’s hustle won him the offensive rebound and his kick out to Jordan Davis’ gave the Flyers’ guard a wide-open three. And it wasn’t long before the Flyers extended that lead with Adam Weary adding a quick five points to force Worcester into an early timeout.

Out of the timeout both teams traded a basket but the break didn’t cool down Weary as he saw another three drop from the corner. Brandon Parrish answered back with a corner three of his own for the Wolves to bring the deficit to four and it wasn’t long before they were able to cut the lead to one after Dusha completed a three-point play.

Dusha then dropped a three in the corner soon after to keep the pressure on but Adam Weary matched it and made the same shot seconds later to ensure the Flyers held on.

With time on the clock for one more play Davis wasn’t able to make his shot go, but Boggs somehow found time to rebound, miss, rebound again and score the lay-up to beat the buzzer and give the Flyers a six-point half-time lead.

The Flyers started the second half with a quick six points to force the Worcester Wolves into another early timeout. Davis was the man to convince Worcester Coach, Paul James that he’d seen enough, his three extending the Flyers lead to 12.

The timeout seemed to spur Worcester on with them going on a run of their own, cutting the lead to four.

In much the same way the Wolves were forced to take a timeout on a three, Coach Kapoulas was forced to do the same when Michael Ojo drained a three as the shot-clock ran out.

A Boggs jam and Rohndell Goodwin’s three with a hand in his face put the Flyers back in poll position before Goodwin then took it right to the basket for a nice lay-up and followed that up with a jumper to take the lead back into double figures.

Once again the big lead was short-lived with Alejandro Navajas and Ojo each draining corner threes for the Wolves before Trayvon Palmer then cut the lead again.

Smith opened the scoring in the fourth with the lay-up and-one off the offensive rebound but again Ojo continued his solid night with a three.

Boggs finished hard in the paint to get the Bristol crowd excited and a floater right after from #24 kept the pressure on Worcester. And the pressure really began to tell as they turned the ball over at the sideline and Davis’ three once again restored the home side’s double-figure advantage.

Things just kept getting better for the Flyers with Edozie making both his foul shots and Goodwin shooting over the top of the defender to take the Flyers lead up to 15.

That lead was cut back down to eight as four free-throws and, you guessed it, an Ojo three dropped from the corner but again, Goodwin turned his defender to shoot over him and then win the rebound on the next offensive possession with seconds to go to tie the game up and give the Flyers an impressive 82-74 win.

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Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers
BBL Championship
Friday, February 23rd (7.30pm)