Report: Surrey Scorchers 93-87 Bristol Flyers
Saturday, December 7th 2019
Bristol Flyers fell to a second defeat in as many days in a 93-87 loss at Surrey Sports Park.
Flyers led by double-figures at half-time but a 15-2 surge in the third quarter edged Surrey in front.
The hosts made four threes in a row in the fourth to take an eight point and in a tight finish, they saw the game out from the foul line.
An evenly-matched first quarter saw Flyers hold on to a narrow one point lead after the first ten minutes, with Gentrey Thomas netting 10 of a game-high 25 points.
Coach Kapoulas' side went on a 15-0 run in the second, whilst holding the hosts scoreless for four straight minutes, giving the Flyers their biggest lead of the game at 12.
But their poor free throw percentage haunted them, with the team making just 50% of their foul shots to leave the door open for a Scorchers comeback.
Surrey responded with a 15-2 run to open the second half and briefly took the lead before Chris Taylor beat the clock to give Bristol a 63-64 lead heading into the final quarter.
The hosts caught fire from three in the final period and a driving lay-up from Gentrey Thomas set up a tense finish with the game tied at 87 points apiece with just 38 seconds on the clock.
A jump ball call saw the Flyers turnover possession and with Bristol in the penalty, Surrey iced the game from the free throw line.
The result sees Coach Kapoulas’ side fall to 0-2 on the season ahead of Friday’s BBL Cup semi-final first leg against London City Royals.
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