Report: Worcester Wolves 74-81 Bristol Flyers
Monday, September 17th 2018
Bristol Flyers completed their unbeaten pre-season record with a 74-81 victory against Worcester Wolves away from home.
Four players finished in double figures for Bristol, led by a team-high 17 points from Justin Gray.
Wolves got off to a hot shooting start hitting multiple three pointers to keep Flyers at bay.
England international Adam Thoseby led the attack from outside with two made threes and guard Jordan Whelan pushed the pace with scoring from turnovers adding seven points of his own in the quarter.
Flyers kept it close behind effective dribble penetration - guards Jalan McCloud and Lewis Champion both converted three point plays after drawing fouls on driving layups. The first quarter closed with Flyers behind 24 - 20.
Worcester's hot shooting continued into the second quarter and they built up an eight point lead early in the period. Wolves big man Jordan Kramer effectively put a lid on the basket, blocking two layup attempts.
Flyers kept themselves in the quarter by forcing turnovers with Wolves totalling 17 in the first half alone. Daniel Edozie made two fast break baskets in a row including an emphatic dunk. Bristol's hustle eventually shifted the momentum in their favour, with a Marcus Delpeche basket from another turnover finishing out the half on top by two, 38-40.
Flyers kept on the defensive pressure in the second half, with Gray making the steal and breakaway layup to reopen proceedings.
Wolves point guard Miki Servera was frustrated to be charged with a second offensive foul before Jalan McCloud extended the lead with a rare five point play: first drawing a shooting foul on a made layup; then grabbing his own missed free throw rebound; then laying it back up and in while being fouled a second time; and finally converting the free throw to cap it off.
Servera answered with two baskets to keep the Flyers lead down to two. Flyers finished the quarter strong again with an 8-0 run behind three pointers from McCloud and Champion - Wolves 57-67 Flyers.
Gray again kept the momentum going with a strong start to the final period, making a basket and dropping an assist to Marcus Delpeche. Flyers were able to sustain their lead throughout the final quarter and finished out their pre-season preparations.
Thoseby led all scorers with 18 points. Gray led Flyers in scoring with an extremely efficient 17 points on just 11 shots, whilst Fred Thomas had an excellent two way game, totalling 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists.