Report: Bristol Flyers 77-82 Leicester Riders
Friday, December 1st 2017
Bristol Flyers are still searching for their first victory over Leicester Riders after falling to a 77-82 defeat at the WISE Arena on Friday night.
Despite five players scoring in double figures, Coach K's men fall to .500 on the season with a record of 5-5.
Bristol Flyers' comeback falls short at home to Leicester Riders— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) December 1, 2017
Final score 77-82
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Jordan Davis and Mike Vigor opened the scoring for Bristol with a pair of back-to-back threes to let the home crowd know there wasn't going to be a repeat of last weeks performance against Newcastle Eagles.
Shane Walker rattled off a quick five points in under a minute to force Coach Kapoulas to call for a time-out as the score read 8-15.
Flyers shot 63% from the field in the opening period, however Leicester capitalised with ten points from Flyers’ turnovers to end the first 19-27 in their favour.
The home team put on an impressive performance in the first few minutes of the second, as Brandon Boggs drove in for a dunk on his way to 15 first-half points, shortly followed by another three-point shot from Davis to shorten Leicester’s lead to 24-31.
Flyers were unlucky to still be trailing after holding Leicester to just 17 points in the second, but their efforts weren't enough to take the lead in an entertaining first half, ending 35-44.
Flyers trailed by nine at the half, but stormed into the lead with a 10-0 start to the third period after a great display from Daniel Edozie with a couple of fantastic blocks.
It wasn't long before Leicester called a timeout to regroup, a break that proved to work as they re-took the lead with a 7-0 burst.
Flyers were unable to score for several plays, and another couple of turnovers put Leicester in a comfortable lead - Adam Weary wasn’t backing down as he forced his way to the basket ending the third quarter, 51-57.
Weary impressed the crowd again in the fourth with back to back threes, followed by a third from Vigor to narrow the gap to just four points, 72-76.
Bristol finished 11-of-22 from three point range, but while the Riders struggled from beyond the arc, they were efficient inside with 48 points in the paint at a conversion rate of 62% to hold on for the win.
JR Holder top scored for the visitors with 23 points in the win, with Andy Thomson producing another key display off the bench in his 200th BBL Championship appearance with 14 points without a miss from the field.
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Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Newcastle Eagles
Saturday, January 6th 2018, 7.30pm.