Report: Bristol Flyers 66-74 Newcastle Eagles
Sunday, February 14th 2021
Bristol Flyers lost another close game at the SGS College Arena, falling to the Newcastle Eagles 66-74.
Marcus Delpeche had a team high 21 points, adding 12 rebounds to complete a double-double, whilst Justin Baker has 17 points off the bench.
A slow start proved costly for Flyers as they gave up a lead that the visitors never relinquished. Rahmon Fletcher led from the front, driving in for a lay-up then feeding Evan Maxwell for an easy score.
Flyers ran their offence through Delpeche but could not find an answer for Fletcher in the early going, with the former BBL MVP delivering an 8-0 run all of his own. With Eagles missing explosive forward Justin Gordon and their starting frontcourt in foul trouble early, Bristol’s big men had opportunities around the hoop. A Delpeche dunk ended the run and finished a low scoring first quarter 9-14.
Both teams found the basket much easier in the second quarter. Fletcher took a back seat to his backcourt partner Cortez Edwards who led the scoring for Eagles through the early going. Delpeche continued to produce out of the low post and Justin Baker brought scoring from the bench for Flyers. Panos Mayindombe also injected energy and offence for Bristol, working his way to the foul line and then spotting up for a corner three. Fletcher answered the outside score.
A Darius Defoe midrange jump shot triggered a Flyers timeout. The team responded with Teddy Okereafor splashing a triple and Josh Wilcher creating a lane to the basket to cut the lead to two points. An Eagles timeout swang the momentum back their way with a quick four points before half-time making it 31-37.
Okereafor showed great vision to drive and dish to Delpeche for multiple scores. The GB point guard had a strong all around game with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. A pair of scores fro Newcastle caused Coach Kapoulas to call time.
Flyers were effective at getting to the foul line, but Eagles capitalised from an unsportsmanlike foul, hitting both free throws and finding Edwards for a baseline jumpshot on the following play to make it 46-54 at the end of the third.
A three point-play from Baker was not enough to prevent Eagles extending their lead to double digits in the fourth. An Evan Maxwell three-pointer gave Eagles their biggest lead of the game at 14 points. Daniel Edozie completed a three-point play of his own and a Baker steal allowed Okereafor to score in transition. Successive defensive stops for Flyers cut into the lead and a shooting foul drawn by Marcus Delpeche with just over two minutes remaining caused Coach MacLeod to call time.
A dagger three-pointer from Fletcher did not dispirit Flyers and Okereafor found Delpeche for a lay-up. Full court pressure on the inbounds produced a turnover with the margin at six points and Coach Kapoulas called timeout. Okereafor came up short on his drive and Flyers were forced to foul to regain possession. Fletcher iced the game at the free throw line, picking up the last of his game high 25 points to make it 66-74.