Report: Bristol Flyers 74-87 Worcester Wolves
Saturday, October 24th 2020
Bristol Flyers suffered a pre-season defeat at the hands of the visiting Worcester Wolves.
Marcus Delpeche had a huge 21 point, nine rebound performance coming off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to give Bristol their first pre-season win.
Flyers fell into a hole early, as Wolves new addition Micah Elan came out firing. Eric Lockett found Zach Copeland relocating to the corner for an open three-pointer. Wolves Captain Maarten Bouwknecht was also dialled in early and the playmaker ensured his side pulled ahead with sharp shooting and precision passing.
Coach Kapoulas was frustrated with the lack of defensive intensity shown by his side and used both of his first half time outs in the opening quarter. Marvin Dinnall splashed a three pointer. Panos Mayindombe checked in and found Raphell Thomas-Edwards under the basket for an easy score. Wolves returning big man Jordan Williams got to work in the paint netting a quick five points. Marcus Delpeche threw down a hammer dunk over his defender, before Bouwknecht closed the quarter with another three to make it 18-27.
Flyers were dealt another blow when Eric Lockett was sidelined with an ankle injury, joining Josh Wilcher on the sidelines. Josh Rogers connected from long range and Copeland followed up with another three pointer steadying the team. Flyers offence was flowing but they were unable to contain Wolves at the other end. Off ball screens saw Wolves shooters get open at the top of the arc repeatedly and Flyers paid the price with a widening gap. Thomas-Edwards' full court defensive pressure resulted in a steal and a breakaway dunk. Flyers bigs were effective in getting to the foul line and free throws closed the gap to 40-52 before half-time.
Flyers defensive woes continued into the third quarter. The Wolves frontcourt started to get in on the long range shooting with Williams and new signing Josh McSwiggan both hitting threes. Bristol Captain Daniel Edozie grabbed an offensive rebound and drove back to the basket for a lay-up. Mayindombe spotted up on the perimeter for a three pointer, but Worcester's scoring continued to outpace Flyers and they extended the lead to 54-78.
Flyers finally found their defensive identity as Wolves began to tire down the stretch. Marcus Delpeche heated up and netted nine points in a row. Thomas-Edwards was similarly unstoppable heading to the basket and another steal allowed him to elevate for a two handed dunk. The deficit was too much for the Flyers to overcome. However, there were plenty of encouraging signs in the final quarter with Flyers’ bigs Edozie, Thomas-Edwards and Delpeche dominating the period to close the gap to 74-87. Thomas-Edwards finished the game with a 15 point, 13 rebound double-double adding four assists and four steals.
Flyers will be back in action on the road on Sunday when they travel to Cheshire Phoenix (5pm tip-off).