Report: Bristol Flyers 70-98 London Lions
Friday, January 15th 2021
Bristol Flyers returned from the Christmas break with reinforcements but were unable to overcome the league leading London Lions.
Teddy Okereafor, now signed for the remainder of the season, had a great all round game with 10 assists, seven steals, six rebounds and five points. Marcus Delpeche had a 16 point, 11 rebound double-double, despite a tough shooting night.
Ben Mockford opened the scoring for the Flyers, sinking a 20-foot jumpshot, but Lions answered with a 12 point run, a full-court press generating turnovers and transition scoring. DeAndre Liggins plagued the passing lanes for London, deflecting the ball and running the floor for a dunk. Mockford was effective at driving to the basket, but turnovers and easy scores for London extended the lead.
New import Justin Baker claimed his first points as a Flyer at the free throw line, but Lions finished the devastating assault of the first quarter with a corner three from Joe Ikhinmwin to make it 11-30.
Baker connected with Delpeche for a dunk to open the second, but Lions bench kept the points coming with Lucas and Ikhinmwin showing their range. Lockett found success hustling for offensive rebounds but found his night cut short as a technical foul led to his ejection from the game.
Raphell Thomas-Edwards stepped in and netted a fast five points, battling to the foul line then hitting a three-pointer. Improved scoring output saw Flyers tie the quarter with 21 points and make it 32-51 at half-time.
Baker found rhythm in the third quarter, showing his smooth jump shot and extending his range outside the arc. Mockford’s quick release proved too much for Lions defence on several occasions and both players had seven points in the period. Flyers cut the lead to 13 points, but Lions rotated in their bench and their depth gave them the edge late in the quarter. Orlando Parker splashed a three pointer and Jules Dang-Akodo was effective off the drive. Lions finished the third quarter ahead 54-72.
Flyers started the fourth quarter strong with Delpeche grabbing his own miss and drawing a shooting foul. A steal from Okereafor released Delpeche for a fast break dunk. The offensive momentum faltered and Lions capitalised with outside shooting. Lions restored a 20-point margin with a Liggins triple. The former NBA player had a game high 18 points along with seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. A Flyers timeout was unable to change the swing in momentum and Lions finished the game strong.