Report: Bristol Flyers 107-99 Surrey Scorchers (OT)
Friday, September 20th 2019
Bristol Flyers showed grit and determination to seize a comeback overtime win over the visiting Surrey Scorchers.
Gentrey Thomas led all scorchers with a crucial 35 point performance adding 11 rebounds and four assists in his BBL debut.
Flyers turned the game on its head in the fourth quarter, with a 22-5 run in the last five minutes of regulation to force the extra period.
Bristol struggled to cope with the multiple outside threats presented by Surrey through the early part of the game. Scorchers’ new signing Skyler White stretched the floor with deadly accuracy from outside, leading Scorchers with 21 points including, five three-pointers.
The hot shooting extended into Surrey’s bench with Henry Wilkins and Adrian Kunyinu hitting multiple threes to give the visitors a 40-46 lead into the half-time break.
Gentrey Thomas sparked the second half comeback with pressure defence and aggressive drives to the basket, earning multiple trips to the foul line. Fred Thomas was instrumental in the reversal of fortune with key steals and clutch three-point shooting to pull the game back within reach.
Raphell Thomas-Edwards took over as the man of the moment with back to back scores in the final minute, the first a difficult put back on a missed shot, followed by an open shot from the short corner in transition. Thomas-Edwards capped off an impressive BBL debut with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Josh Rogers made crucial plays from the bench throughout the game, filling up the box score in limited minutes. A huge block from the weak side along with perfect shooting from the floor including an overtime triple showed what a useful role he can play having rejoined his hometown club.
Flyers outlasted Scorchers by executing their game plan despite a difficult shooting night. They outrebounded the visitors with Fred Thomas in particular dominating the boards in the five added minutes.
Having seized control of the game, outscored their opponents 18 points to 10 in the last five minutes to cap off a memorable opening night victory.