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Report: Bristol Flyers 92-60 Sheffield Sharks

Bristol Flyers claimed their first win of the 2018/19 season with an emphatic 92-60 performance against Sheffield Sharks.

Flyers were led by Jalan McCloud’s 21 points, whilst Fred Thomas had a great all-round game of 17 points. six rebounds and five assists. Marcus Delpeche contributed with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.



McCloud opened his scoring account early, pouring in the first seven points for Flyers making a dead-eye three pointer, then a pull-up and finally drawing a shooting foul.

Sharks guard Rene Catro-Caneddy was coming off a big performance in the team’s win over Surrey on Friday night and started strong with a bucket and an assist on a Dirk Williams three.

Sharks were able to pull ahead late in the quarter as Chris Alexander drew a foul on a three point attempt and sank all three from the line. Flyers answered with a three from Lewis Champion from a drive and kick by Panos Mayindombe, but next time down the floor Mayindombe fouled Alexander again sending him two more free throws which he calmly converted. The first quarter finished with Flyers down 17-20.

Flyers returned to their fundamentals and played strong defence in the second quarter, making plays from stops and misses. Thomas blocked and recovered a shot to feed Justin Gray for a fast break lay-up before Jordan Nicholls made a heads up lob pass for a Thomas alleyoop.

The offence continued to flow through Thomas and he put Flyers back in the lead. He sank a three pointer despite being fouled and then completing the elusive four point play. 

Marcus Delpeche ran the floor hard to make two inside shots. McCloud came off the bench still hot sinking two three pointers in quick succession. Flyers went into halftime with a 43-36 lead.

Williams opened the second half with a forceful dunk off a steal and assist by Alexander. Flyers regrouped and again were able to produce multiple stops on the defensive end. They went on an 11-0 run with multiple trips to the free throw line.

The surge was capped off with a huge two-way play from Panos Mayindombe. He blocked a shot from Alexander, hustled to grab the rebound before it went out of bounds and then spotted up for a corner three off a dime from Champion. The third quarter ended with Flyers up 66-46.

Flyers made another huge run at the start of the fourth going 13-0 over just under three minutes with the Flyers bench making huge contributions. Nicholls had a great spell including two assists and a three pointer.

McCould checked out of the game and received vociferous recognition from the Flyers family in the stands for his big performance. The bench continued to make big plays with Mayindombe slashing through the defence for a layup to seal the win 92-60.