Report: Worcester Wolves 71-70 Bristol Flyers
Monday, September 16th 2019
Bristol Flyers lost out to Worcester Wolves on a last second score in a thrilling pre-season exhibition game.
New signing Gentrey Thomas amassed 26 points with a blistering second half performance crucial to a Flyers comeback.
Flyers got off to a slow start, falling to a 44-25 deficit heading into the half-time break. Multiple turnovers allowed Wolves easy scores in transition and the Flyers' offence had yet to find rhythm.
The team came out with a more aggressive approach in the second half. G Thomas scored on multiple drives to the basket, with tighter defensive rotations seeing Flyers limit Wolves to just 10 points in the period.
Multiple positive signs for Flyers emerged, with the team clicking at both ends of the court. Better opportunities arose on offence, with Flyers pouring in 23 points of their own. Coach K's men finished the third quarter with the game back in reach at 54-48.
Flyers kept hold of the momentum heading into the final quarter and were able to retake the lead with five minutes remaining.
A thunderous slam from Marcus Delpeche off the dish from Daniel Edozie was a highlight play, but Wolves' Jordan Williams responded with a high-flying dunk of his own to keep the scores close.
Clutch scores from Fred Thomas down the stretch kept the Flyers in touching distance, bringing his total to 23 points.
A crucial missed free throw from Wolves released G Thomas for a step back score to retake the lead with just 2.7 seconds remaining.
A Worcester time out led to a final basket for Cortez Edwards to retake the lead as time expired on an exhibition game that was a great advert ahead of the new BBL season.
Images courtesy of JMPUK.