Report: Bristol Flyers 80-78 Worcester Wolves
Sunday, April 22nd 2018
Bristol Flyers secured their place in the BBL Play-Offs with a comeback victory against the visiting Worcester Wolves.
Brandon Boggs’ 20 points led the way for the Flyers as they were also able to take the head-to-head over the travelling side.
Leslee Smith got the Flyers underway with a three-point shot from the top of the arc after Daniel Edozie pulled in an early offensive rebound. Edozie was starting his first game since returning from the Commonwealth games.
Smith extended the Flyers’ lead early on after he grabbed his own missed shot and was able to lay it in.
Trayvon Palmer’s three at the other end dropped, off the pass from big-man, Dallin Bachynski but Smith answered back as once again as he was able to make another three. 8-3 Flyers. Eight points for Smith.
Edozie then scored all of the Flyers’ next ten points with Worcester only able to respond by making three free throws. Edozie looked dominant in the paint for the Flyers and had ten points and 3 rebounds in only his first 5:50 back in the line-up.
Jordan Davis started well early-on, showing us his passing skills and after Boggs fired the ball to Davis in the corner, his touch-pass to Mike Vigor gave the Australian an easy lay-up to extend Bristol’s lead to 15.
Bristol continued to score, finishing the period with 29, but more free throws and Michael Ojo’s putback lay-up at the buzzer gave Worcester some late momentum heading in to the second. Only enough though to see them still trailing by 15.
A slow start for Bristol saw them not score in the opening 02:26 of the second period but the home side were lucky that Worcester were only able to register five points of their own. Alex Navajas was able to finish inside after Ojo stole the ball from Adam Weary before Navajas became provider, passing in to Palmer for another finish in the paint. Worcester though weren’t done there as contributions came from across the board.
Andreas Kapoulas was forced into a timeout with 03:30 to go in the second quarter as he’d seen enough. The Flyers’ lead slipped from 15, to just three following George Beamon’s tip-in finish after Ojo’s miss.
Boggs was able to tip in a miss at the other end shortly after before Ojo picked up an offensive foul and the technical to give Bristol a lifeline.
Worcester though was able to cut the lead back down against with an 8-3 run to finish the quarter, heading in at the break just three points behind.
Rohndell Goodwin started the second half in the same way the Flyers started the game, draining a three for the home side after Leslee Smith’s pass. Bristol though then weren’t able to score again for another three minutes as Worcester locked in and made life difficult for the Flyers.
The Wolves were able to take the lead as Navajas’ three cut the lead to just one before Dallin Bachynski’s lay-up gave them their first lead of the game at 48-49.
For Bristol it was very much damage limitation as Beamon, Navajas, Palmer and Bachynski were all able to continue adding to the Worcester lead. That, until finally Brandon Boggs stepped up, making a jumper, before his missed and-one attempt fell to Jordan Davis and Davis set up Boggs again for the three, turning a would-be three-point play into effectively, a five-point play.
With just a second left on the clock, Weary got too close to his man, George Beamon, and fouled the Wolves’ leading scorer as he went for the three point shot, giving him three free throws. Beamon would make no mistake, ensuring the Wolves headed into the final period up by five. 60-65.
Brandon Boggs continued his good scoring night, getting us underway in the fourth with an and-one and an alley-oop lay-up from Adam Weary’s neat pass over the defence. George Beamon though was not ready to let Bristol back into the game, with five points of his own, laying in and draining a three to keep the Worcester lead in-tact.
Bachynski and Beamon, again, were able to extend the Worcester lead, this time to eight with just over five minutes to go and the game was starting to look like it was getting away from the Flyers. The Flyers failed to score for over three and a half minutes, leaving them with a five-point deficit to overcome after Rohndell Goodwin was able to complete an and-one opportunity as Dallin Bachynski fouled out for the away side.
Free throws from Boggs and another and-one, this time from Jordan Davis, who got the difficult shot to go, allowed Bristol to tie the game up at 75 with just a minute and a half left. Finally, they were able to re-establish their lead when Weary was able to finish an easy lay-up under the basket, where Bachynski might have been had he been on the court.
Brandon Boggs was able to extend the lead briefly for the Flyers before George Beamon got his three to drop out of the timeout and put Flyers’ fans on the edge of their seats with the lead at just one. The Wolves gave up valuable seconds as they weren’t able to foul a Bristol man quickly, giving themselves just four seconds to get a shot off after a single made free throw from Goodwin.
Alex Navajas’ long heaved three hit nothing but the backboard at the buzzer, giving the Flyers reason to celebrate as they confirmed their play-off position in dramatic fashion.
Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Leeds Force
Friday, April 27th.