Banner image

Report: Bristol Flyers 57-59 Sheffield Sharks

Bristol Flyers' valiant comeback fell short as they were unable to overcome a crippling first half shooting display, as they failed to beat the visiting Sheffield Sharks, losing 57-59.

Flyers opened the quarter with their trademark hard-nosed defence and the visitors were unable to find a basket in the opening minutes. Flyers aggressively hedged the pick and roll, closing in on McFarland and stopping his creativity.

On offence, Bristol attacked the basket, getting to the free throw line, with Brandon Boggs scoring the teams first points. Sharks came back through their veteran Michael Tuck, who scored the visitors first eight points.

Despite the early success driving the ball inside, Bristol shot a lowly 17% from the field for the quarter. Both squads suffered from a shaky start offensively, as neither team could take care of the ball. Turnovers were huge in the early stages, as the game saw 12 turnovers in the first quarter. As the initial period came to a close, Bristol trailed 9-12.

Flyers' offensive woes continued into the second half and it began to bleed into the rest of Bristol's game. Uncharacteristically, their defence fell through on multiple occasions, allowing three straight open lay-ups to start the second quarter.

Bristol then overcompensated on defence collapsing in when the ball went inside, gifting Sheffield's Kyle Odister a wide open three-pointer giving Sharks a ten point lead. Struggling to gain offensive momentum, the home team went through a five minute stretch without scoring.

The draught was ended by Boggs, who beautifully split the defence with a spin move to the hoop, for the score. Hameed Ali then stole the ball, drove the length of the court creating an open look for Leslie Smith.

Despite a harrowing first half shooting performance, going six for 33 from the field, Bristol were back in the game. At the break, Bristol trailed 18-24.

The second half began with Bristol building on their comeback. Back to back jumpshots from Lovell Cook, followed by a Daniel Edozie 15 foot jumper and long two-pointer from Boggs brought Flyers within striking distance.

Edozie briefly tied the game with his first ever three-pointer. In a whirl of a third quarter, Bristol had tied the game. Though Flyers recorded a number of quick fouls, getting in the penalty early. Sharks took advantage, converting at the free throw line giving them a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Sheffield grabbed an early, slender lead behind a Edward Brownell two-pointer and a converted And-1 by Colin Sing. Looking to disrupt Flyers' offensive rhythm, Sharks set up a with a 1-3-1 zone, it seemed to work. The visitors came up with a few steals, giving them additional possessions to add to their lead.

The Flyers comeback had not ran out of steam, Ali made it a one possession game after hitting a three-pointer with the defence all over him. Then Smith stole the ball for the break away slam-dunk. Cue bedlam at the SGS WISE Arena, as Bristol tied the game at 55 apiece.

As the contest came into its final minute of play, Smith gambled on a steal gifting Tucker an shot to grab the lead. Flyers had the ball with the game clock winding down. Ali took a shot to send the game to overtime, only to see his shot bounce off the rim to the sound of the buzzer. Bristol Flyers 57 Sheffield Sharks 59.

WEBBA Basketbal Player of the Game: Brandon Boggs

Related News

Video: Greg Streete Wary Of McFarland Threat

Video: Greg Streete Wary Of McFarland Threat

Posted: Thursday, October 13th 2016

Bristol Flyers Top 5 Plays Of The Month - September 2016

Bristol Flyers Top 5 Plays Of The Month - September 2016

Posted: Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Latest News

Flyers land Zach Simmons from North Texas

Flyers land Zach Simmons from North Texas

Posted: Friday, July 16th 2021

Flyers sign Trejon Jacob out of FIU

Flyers sign Trejon Jacob out of FIU

Posted: Tuesday, July 13th 2021

Flyers confirm departing players

Flyers confirm departing players

Posted: Tuesday, July 13th 2021

Panos Mayindombe announces retirement

Panos Mayindombe announces retirement

Posted: Monday, July 5th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

The Robins Matchday Programme is back
Football icon

The Robins Matchday Programme is back

The Robins Matchday Programme returns for the 2021/22 season in an easy-access, free-to-read online only format.

Posted: Friday, July 30th 2021 • Football

Gate Guide: Aston Villa
Football icon

Gate Guide: Aston Villa

City conclude their pre-season friendlies tomorrow when they welcome Aston Villa to Ashton Gate in a 1pm kick-off and here's what to expect in BS3 (July 31st).

Posted: Friday, July 30th 2021 • Football

Getting to the Gate: Aston Villa
Football icon

Getting to the Gate: Aston Villa

Heading to Ashton Gate this matchday? Here's all you need to know regarding Bristol's transport options.

Posted: Friday, July 30th 2021 • Football

Robins Lotto Winners (Week 17)
Football icon

Robins Lotto Winners (Week 17)

Find out the Robins Lotto prize winners from the 30th of July.

Posted: Friday, July 30th 2021 • Football

MansionBet Match Preview: Aston Villa (H)
Football icon

MansionBet Match Preview: Aston Villa (H)

Our final pre-season fixture rolls around this Saturday, with Aston Villa heading to Ashton Gate.

Posted: Friday, July 30th 2021 • Football