Report: London City Royals 84-57 Bristol Flyers
Saturday, September 28th 2019
Bristol Flyers suffered a crushing road defeat against London City Royals in the BBL Cup.
The Flyers were unable to capitalise from a strong start and a crucial 17-0 run in the second period allowed the hosts pull away and never look back.
Fred Thomas led the Flyers in scoring with 18 points, whilst Gentrey Thomas chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds.
GB international Andrew Lawrence started the game strong, finding Will Neighbour for back-to-back three pointers to open a 6-0 lead for the hosts.
Lawrence amassed a 19 point, 12 assist double-double over the course of the game and gave the Flyers multiple problems throughout the night.
Flyers were able to respond to the perimeter scoring with points in the paint from Raphell Thomas-Edwards and a well timed putback from Daniel Edozie. Royals continued to find the mark from range, but Gentrey Thomas kept the game close with strong drives to the basket. Marcus Delpeche continued the inside scoring, tying the score at 11 points apiece.
Flyers new addition Levi Bradley hit a huge triple to end the first quarter to put his side ahead 19-26.
Early foul trouble saw London’s new signings make an impact with both Darjus Lavrinovic and Matt Scott converting from the charity stripe
Fred Thomas imposed himself on the game with a turnaround jump shot, quickly followed up with a steal and two-handed slam in transition.
Royals began to chip away at the margin and continued to find success from beyond the arc. A 17-0 run saw them retake the lead to force a Flyers timeout.
Flyers responded with better offence, but were unable to cut into the margin, heading into the half trailing 51-35.
The Flyers’ poor field goal percentage hampered their efforts to come back from the deficit, with London’s continued ball movement finding open looks from distance - shooting a staggering 45% from three point range as a team on the night.
Another steal and breakaway dunk from Fred Thomas did little to stem the bleeding. With Royals resting their starters in the fourth, the lead continued to grow and the visitors were unable to get back into the game.
Flyers are back at the SGS WISE campus when thee host Worcester Wolves on Saturday, October 5th (7.30pm). After narrowly missing out by one point in Worcester during pre-season, Flyers will look to get back to winning ways.
Images courtesy of JMPUK.