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Posted: Friday, November 27th 2015
Saturday, November 28th 2015
Bristol Flyers ran out of steam late on as they suffered their eighth loss of the season in the BBL at home to Worcester Wolves, 70-83.
Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Flyers, following a heart-breaking loss back in September when a controversial late foul call handed Wolves victory in the final seconds of the game.
Wolves came into the game in relatively poor form having had a great season so far. Prior to last weeks' back-to-back losses to Plymouth Raiders and Newcastle Eagles, Worcester had begun the season with seven wins and just two losses having completely revamped their roster in the summer.
Coach Kapoulas had the luxury of a fully fit roster to choose from this week having seen his side struggle in recent games without American imports Cardell McFarland and Tyrone Lee, with the former starting the game for Flyers.
The Flyers' coach had spoken prior to the game of the importance of making their home advantage count, and it seemed his players heeded their coach's message, stamping their authority on the game from the off.
Captain Greg Streete got the Flyers' first points on the board with an early layup before Doug McLaughlin-Williams sunk the open three, to put the home side into an early lead.
Daniel Edozie found himself in the thick of the action from the start - with six points and five rebounds from the first five minutes, helping his side to a 13-4 lead midway through the first.
Having looked short of confidence in the early stages, Wolves began to find some offensive rhythm as the quarter progressed, improved shooting eating into the home side's lead. Javier Mugica completed the comeback on the buzzer to see Wolves up by two at the end of the first, 19-21.
Worcester started the second the stronger, stretching the lead to seven points as they began to look more like a team third in the BBL. A six point run from Coach K's men, capped off by a big three from McLaughlin-Williams saw the deficit reduced to one, as Flyers ensured they weren't cut adrift.
Another big three from Flyers' long-serving American, and a silky piece of play from McFarland had the home crowd on their feet to tie the scores at 36-36 with two and a half minutes left to play in the first half.
McFarland, who took some time to get back to his usual self following three weeks out with injury, was now controlling the game - his two putting Bristol into the lead for the first time since the first quarter, 38-36 at half-time.
A run of six points from Wolves at the start of the second half saw Paul James' men retake the lead, but again the Flyers kept themselves in it thanks to some good work from McFarland and Edozie.
Stronger defensive work coupled with more consistent shooting saw Wolves begin to take a grip on the game, opening up a five point lead as the third progressed.
The WISE crowd were out of their seats twice in quick succession thanks to two emphatic plays from the impressive Tyrone Lee. The American finished a fast break with a dunk before a huge block from that man again at the other end of the court.
Five points apiece from Ben Eaves and Josh Cameron in the final two minutes in the third however saw Wolves head into the final quarter up by seven, 55-62.
Worcester picked up where they left off as the fourth began, stretching their lead to twelve points as Flyers struggled to keep up the intensity they had shown earlier in the game.
Bristol visibly tired as Wolves showed their depth, coach James making full use of his bench with eight players getting over fifteen minutes game time each.
Flyers never really threatened a comeback as Wolves, led by Josh Cameron with 19 points, closed out the game,
The loss represents Flyers' fifth loss against Paul James' side since Bristol made the step up into the BBL last year.
Flyers return to action next Friday, December 4th (7.30pm) as they travel to Surrey to face the Scorchers for the third time already this season, with the record currently standing at 1-1 for the season between the sides.
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