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Report: Bristol Flyers 73-84 London Lions

Bristol Flyers could not keep pace with a hot shooting London Lions team at the SGS WISE Campus.

Eric Lockett led the way for Flyers with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists.



Lions physical defence saw them pick up fouls early in the first period with Eric Lockett first to benefit with a trip to the free throw line. Marcus Delpeche finished a 7-0 run for the hosts with a precision hook shot. Lions got onto the scoreboard with a pick and roll - DeAndre Liggins threading the needle to Tawiah for a dunk. Shane Walker followed up with a three-pointer.

Lions edged ahead with Liggins and Tawiah linking up on another pick and roll, followed by Liggins feeding Jordan Spencer for a triple. Lions were hot early, with Liggins and Walker pouring in more three-point shots and Justin Robinson brought further outside shooting off the bench, hitting a trio of threes late in the period to make it 19-26.

Liggins continued to dictate the Lions offence into productive scoring in the second. Okereafor spotted up for a much-needed three-pointer, but Dirk Williams hit a three of his own to trigger a timeout from Coach Kapoulas. Another Williams three followed and Bristol couldn’t match the scoring output of the visitors, heading into halftime behind 32-49.

Flyers picked up their perimeter defence to start the second half and positive signs included a 24 second violation and strong drives from Okereafor and Lockett. Liggins was forced to the bench after picking up a fourth personal foul and Lockett capitalised at the free throw line.

Bristol struggled on the offensive end to make a dent in the deficit, despite their improved defence. Panos Mayindombe rewarded Daniel Edozie for running the floor, but Williams responded with a step back three. Joe Ikhinmwin finished the third quarter with a transition three that had the Lions bench on their feet.

Liggins checked back in with five minutes to play and took control of the game, netting 11 points to keep the lead out of reach. Josh Rogers and Delpeche were effective down the stretch for Flyers with Rogers collecting nine points of his own in the closing minutes.

A three from Wilcher and a steal and breakaway lay-up from Okereafor closed the game on a positive note heading into Friday’s crucial meeting with Sheffield Sharks.