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Report: Bristol Flyers 64-69 Worcester Wolves

Bristol Flyers' hopes of progression in the BBL Cup took a heavy blow at the hands of the visiting Worcester Wolves.

Despite a great all-around performance from Eric Lockett, with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Flyers fall to a 1-4 record in group three of the competition.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers got off to a great start on the offensive end, with Daniel Edozie scoring from the low post and Lockett hitting a triple. Great Britain Teddy Okereafor called his own number for a couple of possessions, scoring on a three and a layup, before feeding Edozie in the paint to send him to the free throw line.

Marcus Delpeche checked in off the bench and kept the points flowing for Flyers, getting great position in the paint on multiple possesions. Lockett finished an excellent first quarter by going coast to coast and finishing a tough runner to put Flyers up 28-17.

Bristol’s lead peaked at 13 points, as Panos Mayindombe stole the ball and completed a fast break lay-up. An arid spell followed, with Flyers bereft of scoring for seven minutes. Wolves capitalised and their outside shooters quickly got them back into the lead, with Bouwknecht and Josh McSwiggan scoring successive threes.

Edozie finished a well executed pick and roll play with Lockett to stem the bleeding. Wolves closed the first half with a baseline cut from Jordan Williams for a two-handed dunk to make it 32-37 heading into half-time.

Flyers started the second half with renewed defensive intensity and a steal from Lockett allowed him to find Okereafor on the fast break. Bristol were dominant on the boards throughout the game and Zach Copeland scored a pair of second chance points next time down the floor.

Raphell Thomas-Edwards followed suit to grab a board and put it back. Flyers were able to restore their lead and extended it behind more second chance points from Lockett, who finished through contact and completed his three point play at the foul line.

A perfectly-aimed bounce pass in transition from Copeland gave Okereafor another fast break bucket. Lockett connected on a mid-range jumpshot to beat the shot clock buzzer and underline a dominant quarter from his team. Flyers finished the third ahead 54-46.

Wolves looked to big man Matthew Bryan-Amaning early in the fourth quarter and after a quiet start to the game, he was able to rack up points fast from the low post. After struggling with a cold shooting night Copeland connected on a much-needed three.

Bouwknecht showed great patience to finish over the Flyers forwards on back to back possessions. Sensing the momentum going the wrong way, Coach Kapoulas called timeout. The home team were unable to regroup and costly turnovers from Flyers allowed Wolves to tie the game at 63 points apiece with Bryan-Amaning scoring off a Bouwknecht feed with just over two minutes to play.

Edozie hauled down a wayward shot and got fouled on his way back to the basket to give Flyers their last lead of the evening and final point at the foul line. 

Bouwknecht hit a dagger three-pointer to put Wolves back ahead and trigger a Flyers timeout. Flyers efforts to chase the game from there were fruitless and Wolves sealed their victory with foul shots.