Report: Plymouth Raiders 76-93 Bristol Flyers
Sunday, October 27th 2019
Bristol Flyers claimed their second win in three weeks over their South West rivals with a 76-93 victory at the Plymouth Pavilions.
Marcus Delpeche had a big night with a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double, while Levi Bradley had 16 points off the bench.
Bristol got off to a flying start, dominating the battle of the boards and steadily growing a lead over the course of the first period. Levi Bradley showed his scoring skillset with drives to the basket, mid-range jump shots and trips to the foul line.
Flyers’ hauled in 15 rebounds to just five for Plymouth. The dominant Flyers’ frontcourt were able to create paint scoring and second chance points. Raiders’ costly slow start saw Flyers’ finish the first quarter with a 16-30 lead.
A 5-0 run from Plymouth prompted an early time out in the second from Coach Kapoulas. A scrappy series of possessions eventually found Flyers regain rhythm with a Josh Rogers’ three-pointer. Bristol continued their second chance scoring with Rogers following up a wayward shot for a tip-in. Raiders' defence looked suspect with Delpeche also making a put back basket and Champion drove straight down the lane.
A well-executed offensive set from Raiders saw Kostas Jonuska splash a deep three-pointer and prompt another Flyers time out. Gentrey Thomas was able to disrupt the Plymouth defence exchanging drives with Daniel Edozie before getting to the basket for a lay-up.
Foul trouble became a factor late in the quarter, with Jonuska and Denzel Ubiaro claiming easy points at the free throw line. With the pace of the game increasing, the rallying Raiders were able to cut the deficit back to twelve points; heading into half-time behind 37-49.
Champion opened the second half on the offensive, getting to the basket and drawing a shooting foul to take his team to the 50 point mark. A baseline out of bounds play saw Fred Thomas isolate in the corner and shake loose his defender for a pull-up jump shot.
A huge screen from Delpeche released Champion for a coast-to-coast score. Thomas-Edwards made the hard curl off a screen to get into the paint and finish over the outstretched arms of the Raiders' defence.
Rashad Hassan continued to trouble the Flyers defence with his post play, completing a three point play at the foul line. Delpeche answered with a sweeping hook shot of his own. Hassan scored at the rim on back-to-back possessions and Coach Kapoulas subbed in Edozie to shore up the interior defence.
A strong cut to the basket from Jackson Hyland on an out of bounds play allowed Raiders to cut the lead to 10 points. A much-needed Fred Thomas three-pointer and yet another second chance score for Flyers forced a Raiders' time-out.
Coach James went back to what was working with Hassan scoring off the pick and roll. Champion put his body on the line for his team to draw a charging foul and Thomas followed with another three-pointer. Hassan was able to score from a broken play and follow with a long two-pointer.
Hassan again went to work in the post for a score but a quick outlet to Fred Thomas saw him blaze past the defence for an athletic dunk. A corner three from Gentrey Thomas saw the Flyers grow the lead to 57-74 at the end of the third.
A pair of paint scores saw Plymouth keep the pressure on the visitors as Flyers struggled to score early in the fourth. A flurry of fouls saw Jonuska back at the line and Flyers already in the team foul penalty. Edozie settled his squad with a baseline jumpshot..
Hyland was able to score six points in quick succession before Champion answered with another timely three-pointer. Gentrey Thomas followed with a coast-to-coast score to as the final two minutes dawned. A pair of dagger threes from Gentrey and Fred Thomas sealed the Flyers' road win 76-93.
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