Report: Bristol Flyers 71-89 Glasgow Rocks
Saturday, March 14th 2020
Bristol Flyers fell to a 71-89 defeat at home against the league-leading Glasgow Rocks.
Levi Bradley had 22 points off the bench, whilst Eric Lockett posted 13 points and eight assists in his first Flyers start.
Points were flowing early on for the Flyers with Daniel Edozie connecting in the mid-range before forcing a 24 second turnover for the Rocks. Lockett racked up seven points in quick succession, but Rocks found inside looks and were able to pull ahead. A late three-pointer from Bradley made it to 16-19 at the close of the first quarter.
Chris Taylor kept up the outside shooting, tying it up with a spot-up three to open the period. Crafty passing from Panos Mayindombe saw him find team-mates in the paint for easy points. Marcus Delpeche troubled the Rocks rotation, drawing multiple fouls and throwing down a huge dunk.
Things looked to be getting out of hand as Locket lobbed it up for Bradley to force a Rocks timeout. The visitors stabilised behind outside shooting from Tadas Rinkunas and retook the lead. A pair of free throws from Maxime Djo Ebala put Rocks ahead 39-43 heading into half-time.
Rocks had all the momentum to start the second half, with a 8-0 run widening the margin to double figures. Flyers took a timeout to gather themselves and went to work to chip away at the lead. Back-to-back dunks from Gareth Murray kept Flyers at bay - 59-68 at the end of the third.
Flyers kept the pressure on Rocks with Delpeche going to work in the paint. A shooting foul on Lewis Champion triggered a Glasgow timeout. Coach Lavandier’s adjustments were once again effective with Dante Thorpe scoring on multiple drives to the basket once play resumed. Flyers were effective in getting to the foul line but could not get the stops they needed on defence. A pair of three-pointers from Gareth Murray saw the lead grow out of the home team’s grasp.
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