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Report: Bristol Flyers 80-76 Glasgow Rocks

Bristol Flyers completed an incredible comeback to secure a four point win at the WISE Arena to claim the season series over Glasgow Rocks 

Leslee Smith’s 18 points and eight rebounds helped Bristol improve to .500 on the season with a record a 9-9 on the season.

Box Score


WHAT HAPPENED

 

Rohndell Goodwin opened the game with the corner three for the Flyers off a nice pass from Jordan Davis, giving the home side the early lead. Gareth Murray’s corner three at the other end though was missed and rebounded allowing Kieran Achara to get himself on the board for the night.

On the following possession for Glasgow, Gareth Murray was able to give the Rocks the lead with the basket and the and-one.

The Flyers tied the game as Brandon Boggs did what Brandon Boggs does and finished the alley-oop beautifully to bring the crowd to their feet early on.

A Nate Britt three gave the Rocks the lead again at 7-10 and the nice post-move score from Alasdair Fraser extended the lead further. Glasgow were starting to look like they couldn’t miss but Bristol were able to stay within reach as Mike Vigor’s shot dropped after a number of rebounds under the basket.

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Earl Brown was able to take the Glasgow lead into double figures as he stole the ball from Leslee Smith and gave himself an easy dunk on the fast break. It wasn’t over for the Flyers though as after their score, Nate Britt hit the buzzer-beating jump shot to give the Rocks a ten point lead at the end of the first. 27-17.

With the score still at 27-17, Leslee Smith’s block on Kofi Josephs gave the crowd something to cheer about with both teams seemingly forgetting how to score. It wasn’t until Alasdair Fraser drove to the basket and scored with 07:44 left of the quarter that the ball made it’s way through the hoop again, and he was fouled on the bucket to turn it into a three-point play.

Jordan Davis decided he was done waiting for the Flyers’ first points of the quarter as his catch-and-shoot three hit nothing but net with three minutes gone.

The Flyers’ cut the deficit to single figures on Daniel Edozie’s jump shot from the corner of the key but two more baskets from Glasgow ensured another Bristol timeout.

The Flyers and Rocks began trading baskets out of the timeout before another Brandon Boggs alley-oop answered Kieran Achara’s three for the away side. Adam Weary followed with the nice lay-up and the extra-shot.

Another Kieran Achara three and two Alasdair Fraser free throws were answered only with a single jump shot from Mike Vigor before the end of the half, giving Glasgow a comfortable lead heading into the second half. Bristol 33, Glasgow 45.

The Flyers started the second half brightly as Leslee Smith put away a lay-up and a smooth three before Mike Vigor’s rebound at one end and jump shot at the other kept the Flyers running. They didn’t stop there though as Jordan Davis’ three dropped and a Vigor free throw cut the Rocks’ lead to just three.

Leslee Smith answered Earl Brown’s three with one of his own before the WISE Arena then erupted on Rohndell Goodwin’s made circus-shot, falling away from the basket in the paint. Glasgow lead by two.

Smith just couldn’t stop scoring and after his highlight dunk off of Jordan Davis’ pretty pass, the Flyers were able to tie the game on two Brandon Boggs’ free throws with a minute and a half of the quarter to go.

Gareth Murray’s airball three gave the Flyers the chance to take the lead and Jordan Davis obliged with a nice lay-up before his steal lead to more Bristol free throws. Achara’s travel gave Bristol the ball back once more with 21 seconds to go but couldn’t beat the buzzer. Third quarter scoring, Bristol Flyers 26, Glasgow Rocks 10. The game score, Flyers lead by four!

Rohndell Goodwin followed up the missed three nicely to open the scoring for the Flyers before a beautiful lay-up from Adam Weary was answered by an Earl Brown alley-oop for the away side. Brandon Boggs answered back with a three in the corner before Leslee Smith carried on with his hot-night to give the Flyers a double figure lead.

Daniel Edozie then jumped in on the action, literally, as his put-back lay-up was good, also getting fouled on the play. Edozie was key again as he followed up on Goodwin’s missed lay-up.

A Kieran Achara three, an Earl Brown lay-up on the fast break and a Kofi Josephs put-back cut the Flyers lead to just three with 14 seconds left to play but Adam Weary made both free throws out of the timeout to give the Rocks the ball back.

Gareth Murray’s tough night came to an end as his three-point shot dropped but two more made free throws for Jordan Davis and the Flyers made the lead too much for Glasgow to overcome. Flyers win by four. 80-76.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

A passionate fan of basketball since 2004, Aaron briefly played at SGS (then Filton College) under Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas.

Fast forward a number of years, Aaron now contributes to recording the statistics for the Flyers home games as a club Statistician, you’ll often find him sat at the table courtside taking stats into his laptop at every home game.