Report: Bristol Flyers 78-66 Manchester Giants
Friday, April 6th 2018
Bristol Flyers extend their winning streak to three games, as they defeated the visiting Manchester Giants 78-66.
Led by Rohndell Goodwin with 26 points and four rebounds, Flyers move to 3-0 under Nick Burns as interim Head Coach.
Leslee Smith opened the scoring for the home team by freezing the defence with a pump fake and slashing to the basket for two points.
Manchester tried to counter by working the ball inside, but failed to convert on their first three possessions. Adam Weary then splashed a three-pointer and assisted on a give and go with Goodwin for the lay-up.
It was showtime at the SGS WISE arena, as the ball was hopping for Flyers on offence with unselfish play and the extra pass. Flyers raced out to an early lead.
Giants struggled in the opening quarter and did not score for almost four minutes. Their offensive woes continued for the entire first quarter, as they shot a miserable 11% from the field. Flyers took advantage and built a 20 to 7 lead heading into the second quarter.
Bristol picked up where they left off. The home team defended with intensity by denying the entry pass into the post and suffocating the Giants' attack. As the visitors' offence stalled, Flyers took advantage by extending their lead. This saw a stretch where Weary scored six straight points for Flyers and Brandon Boggs and Malcom Delpechie chipped in two points, respectively.
In the latter stage of the second period, it was Goodwin who kept Bristol's offence ticking over by going 6 from 9 for 15 points for the first half.
In the third, Manchester went straight to Anastasios Traianos for the corner three-pointer, which finally fell for the visitors. But Bristol retaliated with six straight points from Boggs to re-establish control of the contest.
Giants started to find some success offensively; Ingus Bankevics curling off a screen for the foul-line jumper and Austin Rettig displaying beautiful body control to avoid the defence in mid-air for the lay-up.
Despite Weary coming straight back on the following possession by converting on an And-1, Giants were mounting a comeback and cut Flyers' lead to ten points mid-way through the third.
Manchester caught Bristol in the penalty towards the end of the third and spent some time earning points at the foul-line. Behind a strong performance by Weary in the third period, Flyers were able to extend their lead to 60-46 heading into the fourth.
Flyers opened the final period on fire offensively. Chris Taylor got on the score sheet by shooting a long three-pointer. But it was Goodwin who took over for multiple possessions; Flyers' number 10 finished the break with a slam dunk, hit an incredible step back jumper in the lane and fired from beyond the arc for three.
The fourth quarter offensive flurry gave Flyers a commanding 21 point lead, which they were able to use as a cushion to close out the game. The final score: 78-66.
Report by Luke Bennett.
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Bristol Flyers v Sheffield Sharks
Tuesday, April 17th