Report: Bristol Flyers 89-67 Surrey Scorchers
Friday, February 26th 2021
Bristol Flyers completed the season sweep over Surrey Scorchers with a 89-67 victory at the SGS College Arena.
Eric Lockett led all scorers with 18 points, but it was a rounded team performance from Flyers that saw six players in double figures.
Flyers built a lead early, holding the visitors scoreless for four minutes while Justin Baker led their early scoring with scores at the basket and from beyond the arc. Bench scoring from Martelle McLemore and Evan Walshe allowed Surrey to bring it close. Marcus Delpeche threw down a huge dunk off a dime from Ben Mockford and Mockford kept the ball moving freely, finding GB teammate Teddy Okereafor for a three pointer. Surrey looked for Ryan Richards in the post and he was effective at drawing fouls, forcing Delpeche to the bench. Lockett answered each score to keep Flyers ahead 18-13 at the end of the first.
Josh Rogers caught fire in the second with a blocked shot and a trio of three-pointers to stretch the lead to double figures. Josh Wilcher stepped into harms way to end a Scorchers offence by drawing a charging foul.
Scorchers made a run with Tony Hicks and Cam Hildreth connecting from long range. Lockett created scores for his team on a drive and dish to Baker and then a trip to the free throw line. A silky smooth Delpeche hookshot and another defensive stop with a forced shot clock violation saw Flyers finish the first half ahead 39-31.
Josh Wilcher got hot to start the second half, hitting three triples in the opening minutes of the period to extend the lead. Panos Mayindombe finished the third quarter on a high with a midrange jump shot at the buzzer to make it 66-50.
Okereafor took control of the scoring to open the final period, sinking another three-pointer then driving in for a lay-up. He had a strong game all round with an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double and seven assists. Tony Hicks sparked a Scorchers run, firing two three pointers and making a trip to the foul line. The 8-0 run forced a Flyers timeout.
Lockett again stepped up for the home team with a strong drive but Scorchers wrested the momentum back with Ogedendbe making back to back scores. A steal and score for Scorchers latest signing Lacey James cut the lead to single digits.
Flyers got back to work around the basket with Lockett finding Baker with a drop off pass for a three point play. Martelle McLemore provided Scorchers final basket of the night with three minutes remaining, but Wilcher underlined the victory with a deep three pointer, finishing his tally at 16 points.