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Report: Bristol Flyers 92-72 Plymouth Raiders

Bristol Flyers delivered a consistent and composed 40 minute performance to claim a derby win over the Plymouth Raiders.

Daniel Edozie celebrated his birthday with an excellent all-round game, amassing a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers got off to a lightning start with a confident play from Lewis Champion, who scored the opening seven points for the Flyers to establish an early lead. Raiders regrouped and were able to tighten up the game, with Rashad Hassan making plays in the paint.

Gentrey Thomas made a welcome return from injury off the bench, scoring on back-to-back possessions to close out the first quarter 22-10.

Flyers maintained their offensive pace through the second period, but Raiders were still able to find ways to score. Plymouth were able to capitalise from early foul trouble for the Flyers, but the second quarter closed with little movement in the margin and Flyers ahead 40-26. 

Raiders upped their intensity and chipped away at the deficit over the course of the third period, but Flyers were able to respond to each run. Physical play saw foul trouble once again for the Flyers, with Raphell Thomas-Edwards forced to the bench early with four fouls despite making multiple effort plays.

Josh Rogers, who was recovering from a broken nose and sporting a face mask, was zeroed in from long range hitting back to back threes. But frustration began to set in for the visitors, with Coach Paul James picking up a technical foul.

Fred Thomas made the most of the final seconds of the quarter, swishing a half court buzzer beater to give his side a comfortable lead heading into the final period, ahead 67-49.

An offensive flurry from Flyers saw them extend the lead to a game-high 26 points in the fourth. Gentrey Thomas was electric once again for the hosts, cutting through the defence for two of his 15 points from the bench.

SGS Basketball Academy student Marvin Dinnall entered the game late and picked up a shooting foul on a three point attempt. He calmly converted four points from the free throw line following another technical foul on Plymouth.

He followed up with an offensive rebound and mid-range jump shot and was able to dribble out the final possession to seal the win 92-72.