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Report: Bristol Flyers 85-75 London City Royals

Bristol Flyers overcame a third quarter surge from the visiting London City Royals to claim an 85-75 victory in the BBL Cup.

Fred Thomas filled up the box score with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, whilst three players finished with 15 points in a real team effort.

BOX SCORE

Flyers started the game hot, with Fred Thomas hitting 11 first quarter points including a trio of made threes. Jordan Nicholls was next to heat up with back-to-back threes of his own. Royals’ backcourt duo of Andrew Lawrence and Matt Scott kept their offence humming and the first quarter closed with Flyers up by just one point, 23-22.

Bristol started the second quarter looking inside to Marcus Delpeche and he racked up a quick six points in the paint. Despite the Flyers’ success, Royals’ Captain Orlan Jackman was able to retake the lead off a pair of assists from Scott.

Taylor knocked down a transition three-pointer, but an awkward landing saw him head for the bench. Royals were again able to tie the game up with inside scores, but Flyers responded with a strong finish.

Nicholls spotted up for another three pointer before Gentrey Thomas made the drop off pass for Delpeche to score a lay-up. Royals coach Lloyd Gardener took a time-out to draw up a final play, but Nicholls was able to break up the set and steal the ball to close out the half 42-37.

Gentrey Thomas started the third with an end-to-end play, stealing an errant pass and driving the floor for a fast break score. Flyers ran a baseline out-of-bounds play with Lewis Champion inbounding the ball for an alley-oop to Fred Thomas.

Royals seized the momentum by picking up the pace and put together a 9-0 run to build their own lead. A strong drive from Lawrence collapsed the defence and allowed him to make the pass to Kyle Carey for an easy score to finish the third period 59-65.

Flyers regrouped and came out firing in the fourth. Delpeche made a strong post move for a score and Fred Thomas stole the ball too find Gentrey Thomas on the fast break. Royals hit back with a timely three from Lucas. Lawrence extended the Royals lead back to four with five minutes to play,

Edozie ignited another Flyers run with a rhythm three-pointer off the assist from Gentrey Thomas. Edozie then found Levi Bradley for another three to retake the lead. A Royals turnover released Gentrey Thomas for a fast break and a foul sent him to the free-throw line.

Another big offensive rebound for Edozie allowed him to run the floor for a quick score to complete a three-point play. Lewis Champion was then able to get into the passing lane and orchestrate a Levi Bradley triple on the fast-break.

With the clock against them, Royals took their final timeout. Lawrence was able to draw a fifth foul from Champion to send him to the Flyers bench. However, Royals could not score from the possession and Flyers were able to run out the clock to seize the win.