Report: Newcastle Eagles 95-89 Bristol Flyers
Friday, March 1st 2019
Bristol Flyers suffered a bitter road defeat on their first visit to the Eagles Community Arena.
The hosts fired in 34 points in the second period, before coach K’s men rallied back in the third to take a lead of their own. A 6-0 run followed for the Eagles to hand Flyers their sixth straight defeat in the BBL Championship.
Marcus Delpeche led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds, whist Fred Thomas and Jalan McCloud were both shy of double-doubles - Thomas with 20 points and nine rebounds and McCloud with 19 points and eight assists.
Delpeche started his scoring tally early, making the first basket for the Flyers. Justin Gray showed his shooting prowess with five quick points, but Kai Williams answered with a triple of his own. Chris Taylor found Delpeche in the paint for a forceful dunk, before McCloud hustled for an offensive rebound and put back lay-up. The first quarter ended with Flyers narrowly ahead 19-22.
Moses and Kyle Williams had a hot start the second and quickly put Eagles back on top, forcing a timeout from Coach Kapoulas. The scoring continued unabated for Eagles with the Flyers unable to stop the Eagles reserves. Bench scoring was key for the hosts - their subs outscored the Flyers 32-9. When Kyle Williams eventually sat down, Kai Williams picked up right where he left off by sinking a final triple to put Eagles up 53-42 at half-time.
Thomas made a determined start to the second half, hitting an early lay-up and then rejecting consecutive Eagles shot attempts. Flyers fought hard to cut into the lead, coming up with inside scoring from Delpeche and outside shooting from McCloud and Gray.
The momentum swung back in Bristol’s favour and McCloud joined the block party swatting away a lay-up attempt from Rahmon Fletcher. A three-pointer from Thomas and back-to-back scores from Delpeche saw Flyers retake the lead. Eagles player coach Fab Flournoy subbed himself into the game and was able to reinvigorate the Eagles’ offence. He connected from mid-range and then next time down got to the free throw line for two easy points.
Newcastle had quickly rebuilt a small lead. The third period ended with another dagger three from Kai Williams to make it 72-63.
Flyers kept fighting into the fourth quarter - Thomas again led the charge with an early basket and Delpeche continued to pour in points inside. Thomas broke down the defence with a drive and found Delpeche in front of the rim for a high-flying dunk. However, Eagles were able to respond to each Flyers run with well-timed scoring of their own.
The clock became an enemy to the Flyers and they were forced to begin fouling to regain possession. The Eagles sealed their win at the free-throw line, closing out the game 95-89.
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