Report: Bristol Flyers 57-86 Newcastle Eagles
Saturday, November 25th 2017
Bristol Flyers suffered their heaviest defeat of the season to the undefeated Newcastle Eagles at the SGS WISE Arena.
Eagles remain unbeaten in the BBL Championship, improving to 9-0 with five players scoring in double-figures led by 18 each for Darius Defoe and Saah Nimley.
Eagles took control very early on in the game, taking a 22-11 lead when Jaysean Paige capped an 11-0 burst with a three-pointer as Darius Defoe scored eight early points.
It was 28-13 soon after Nimley knocked down a triple, and then found Kai Williams for another on the next offence.
Flyers failed to pick up the pace in the second quarter as they only managed to score two free throws in the first five minutes allowing the visitors to widen their lead to 27 points.
This didn’t stop Edozie from firing up the crowd with a dunk in the last two minutes of the quarter after swift play from Davis and Boggs, leaving the score at 29-49.
The hosts only scored 15 points in the third quarter, but the fans were left hopeful as Edozie came in with an impressive block.
Defoe answered with his own dunk leaving the scoreboard at 36-57 followed by a turnover for the Eagles allowing Jure Gunjina to play for three points.
Flyers were unable to score in several possessions allowing the Eagles to lead 44-69, their luck failed to change as they missed eight shots during the third, almost as many as they made.
Bristol found it tough to come back from a near 30 point deficit as Newcastle’s shot an impressive 46% from behind the three point line.
A beautiful basket by Weary got the crowd going two minutes into the fourth as Newcastle slowed their pace but weren't phased by the Flyers’ offensive efforts.
The home team pressed the visitors in the fourth, but it was a little too late as the gap widened to 55-82 with five minutes left.
The Flyers were shooting a total of 41% compared to the Eagles 57%, making only two three-point shots out of a possible 15 and allowing Newcastle to pen 12 out of their 26 three-point attempts.
The win means Eagles retain their remarkable record against Bristol, staying unbeaten against Flyers in all BBL competitions, now spanning 14 meetings over the last three years.
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Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders
Friday, December 1st 2017, 7.30pm.