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Report: Bristol Flyers 75-77 Glasgow Rocks

It’s all to play for in Glasgow on Sunday evening as the Bristol Flyers trail by two after the first leg of the BBL Cup Semi-Final. 

It was a nervy start from both teams at SGS Wise Arena after tip-off was delayed by an hour. Glasgow Rocks’ flight late arriving into Bristol. 

A tight game throughout the teams rarely separated by more than one score. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye registered early baskets for the Flyers. Captain Greg Streete also shooting from downtown early on, much to the home crowd’s delight. New signing Bree Perine made his debut in the closing stages of the opening quarter, immediately making an impact, shooting a three pointer from almost his first touch of the ball. 

The Rocks weren’t to be dampened as they turned the deficit around for a 17-14 lead at the end of Q1. 

The home side trailed by six points early in the second before player of the game Greg Streete flipped the momentum and put Flyers ahead. A great steal by Roy Owen to break away for the easy lay up swung the score in favour of the home side 25-24. The visitors pushed back in the final minutes to go in 38-38 at half-time. 

Bristol initially carried that momentum into the third period, with Greg Streete and Owen hitting consecutive three-pointers to establish their largest lead of the game at 46-40. But Rocks responded with a Danny Huffor triple and were soon level again at 50, from where they posted a 10-2 run and took their largest lead on Tommy Freeman’s three at 52-60.

Rocks would score just one point in the three minutes after that, and Bristol regained the lead at 62-61 early in the fourth on a Mathias Seilund score. They built a 68-63 lead with six minutes to go, but it wouldn’t be enough in the face of a strong finish from the Rocks. Trailing 75-71 inside the last two minutes, the Rocks shut their hosts out and scored the last six points to win it on the night by two. 

Flyers Coach Kapoulas said “Overall it was a good performance, I’m pretty pleased. Going into the second leg of the semi-final trailing by two, I’m happy with that. It’s all to play for.”

Captain Greg Streete was quick to praise the crowd for their support and admitted it was an historic evening for the Flyers; “Our first season in the BBL and we’re in the semi-finals. I can’t wait to get up to Glasgow and play Sunday. Three is the magic number. Overturn the two-point deficit and win by one!”

The aggregate winner will face Esh Group Eagles Newcastle at the NIA in Birmingham on Sunday, January 11th 2015. You can follow the Flyers’ progress on Twitter @BristolFlyers or on the Bristol Sport website.

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