Report: Bristol Flyers 75-96 Plymouth Raiders
Friday, April 23rd 2021
Bristol Flyers suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of their South West rivals, the Plymouth Raiders.
Eric Lockett led the way for Flyers with a 17 point, seven rebound performance.
Flyers got off to a strong start with Lockett, Ben Mockford, Marcus Delpeche and Josh Wilcher all connecting on their first shot attempts. However, they were unable to rely on their usually solid defence, as Plymouth got off to a hot start themselves. The visitors steadily separated themselves from Flyers with good ball movement three-point success - the first quarter ending 24-32.
A run and gun start to the second saw Lockett bother a lay-up attempt and release Raphell Thomas-Edwards for a fast break score. Lockett then connected from outside to cut the lead to just three points. Raiders picked up their scoring and extended the lead with Elliott Sentance adding offence from the bench. Flyers responded with an 8-0 run with guards Panos Mayindombe and Ben Mockford both hitting three-pointers to again close the lead down to three points.
Chris Porter-Bunton got to the foul line to complete a three point play and Mike Morsell hit another pair of free throws to cap off an 11-0 run. Lacklustre defence late in the period allowed Raiders to find lanes to the basket and Ricky McGill was particularly effective off the dribble. Raiders completed a second 32 point quarter finishing the first half ahead 47-64.
Scoring slowed somewhat for both teams in the second half, but Raiders still claimed the quarter, extending their lead to 75-96.
With Plymouth rotating through their bench in the final quarter, Elvisi Dusha shone, hitting four threes in the period to go along with five assists. With the result already decided, Coach Kapoulas took the chance to rest his starters ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Manchester.