Report: Bristol Flyers 91-96 Sheffield Sharks (OT)
Friday, April 16th 2021
Bristol Flyers battled back to force overtime, but could not claim a crucial win against the visiting Sheffield Sharks.
Eric Lockett forced the extra period with a buzzer-beating three pointer, but his 26 points wasn’t enough to pick up the Flyers eleventh league win of the season.
Justin Baker showed his offensive versatility early, troubling the Sharks defence inside and out to rack up eight first quarter points. A balanced offensive output from Sheffield saw all five of their starters get on the scoreboard as they developed a 19-24 lead.
Flyers backcourt duo of Ben Mockford and Teddy Okereafor were able to edge their team ahead early in the second quarter. Mockford went on a scoring tear, tying the game multiple times and breaking down the Sharks off the dribble. A steal and fast break score for Okereafor gave Bristol a brief lead, but Sheffield responded quickly with a 7-0 run. A drop off pass from Lockett to Marcus Delpeche for a two handed dunk stemmed the bleeding, but Sharks finished in front 36-44 at half-time.
An improved defensive performance allowed Flyers to chip away at the lead throughout the third, getting it down to just three points with more outside shooting from Baker. Bennett Koch finished the quarter on a high with a put-back score to make it 58-63.
Sheffield were able to hold off Flyers through the fourth, but a late run kept the game close as time became a key factor. Bristol dug in for multiple defensive stops with two huge blocks from Daniel Edozie but could not capitalise with scoring at the other end to close the gap.
Flyers were given a chance when Jordan Ratinho missed a pair of foul shots and Lockett took advantage to sink a three to force overtime.
Ratinho redeemed himself with a three pointer to open up the extra period. Bristol struggled to convert on decent looks, but a late three from Baker gave him a team-high 28 points for the game. Sharks guard Jeremy Hemsley sealed the win at the foul line on his way to a game high 30 piece.