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Report: Bristol Flyers 54-69 Plymouth Raiders

Bristol Flyers suffered a defeat in the first game of their BBL Cup campaign against Plymouth Raiders.

Flyers were led by Marcus Delpeche and Eric Lockett with 12 points apiece in a physical, low scoring game.



Battling big men Prince Ibeh and Delpehce exchanged baskets to open the scoring. Former London City Royals team-mates Elvisi Dusha and Will Neighbour showed their chemistry, connecting on back-to-back possessions to give Raiders an early lead.

Zach Copeland answered with a three pointer, before setting up a Delpeche dunk to give Flyers their first lead of the game. Paint scoring from Flyers forwards and a deep three-pointer from Panos Mayindombe helped Flyers pull ahead. A baseline drive and high flying reverse layup for Eric Lockett closed the first quarter with Flyers up 19-15.

Raiders bench players Michael Ochereobia and Elliott Sentance closed the gap with points in the paint. Flyers American duo of Copeland and Lockett were able to combine for a run of mid-range scoring to restore the lead. Great Britain international and Raiders Captain Ashley Hamilton struggled from the outside, but turned to his inside game for back-to-back scores.

Delpeche took exception and bodied Hamilton out of the way on a spin move and layup. Raiders pulled ahead from multiple trips to the free throw line. Another basket from Lockett with a sweet step back jump shot closed the gap to 30-31 at half time.

A disastrous run followed the break, with multiple turnovers allowing Raiders to score in transition. Coach Kapoulas took an early time out to try to settle his side, but with the momentum swinging Plymouth’s way, they began to find success from beyond the arc. 

Neighbour hit a pair of threes to give Plymouth a double-digit lead. Delpeche was able to drive the lane for a much-needed basket, before Copeland stemmed the bleeding with Flyers down 42-53 after three.

Hard work on the offensive glass saw Liam Davis and Raphell Thomas-Edwards finish put back points, but frustration got the better of Flyers and Chris Porter-Burton restored the double digit lead at the free throw line.

Lockett got to his spot for a jump shot to cut the lead to eight, but Flyers offence faltered down the stretch. With points hard to come by for the home side, Raiders extended their lead to 54-69 to finish the game.