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Report: Bristol Flyers 93-72 Manchester Giants

Bristol Flyers extended their winning streak to four games as they defeated the visiting Manchester Giants 93-72.

Led by Lesley Smith with 21 points on 66% shooting, Bristol climb to a record of 5-11 for the season.

What Happened 

Bristol's opening possession was a display of patient ball movement, resulting in a converted post up play for Leslee Smith. Giants followed with some ball movement of their own to find Creppy open for a three-pointer.

Both teams seemed evenly matched in the early goings, but Flyers' active hands on defence were forcing tough shots and turnovers. Both squads struggled to score efficiently, as they shot below under 30% for the quarter. The difference was on the glass.

Flyers commanded the boards, pulling down 18 rebounds for the quarter. Bristol pushed the ball to advance up court quickly for fastbreak points. Flyers built a slender lead towards the end of the first quarter. Capped off by a Brandon Boggs one handed slam dunk followed by a Hameed Ali three-pointer.

The home team continued to work hard on the defensive end to protect their slim lead. With less than a second remaining, Flyers fouled Giants' Creppy, who converted both free throws cutting Flyers lead to 21-15 at the end of the first.

The second quarter began with a quick pass inside to Daniel Edozie for the easy lay-up. Manchester responded with Callum Jones finally succeeding in breaking down the Flyers defence with a no look pass to Jerelle Okoro for the two-pointer.

The visitors cut Bristol's lead to just two points early in the period off a converted Richard Bell three-pointer. As Giant's were starting to heat up offensively, Flyers began to unravel. Bell worked hard on defence to frustrate Bristol's Mike Vigor, forcing the Flyers big man into two travelling violations and an offensive foul.

Midway through the second Giants took the lead behind a five point run, a driving reverse lay-up and a converted And-1. The visitors confidence grew with every possession, pushing their lead to seven points after an emphatic put-back dunk by Sam Toluwase. But Flyers came storming back at the end of the half to tie the game.

A dominant stretch that saw a flurry of baskets from Smith, Ali, Boggs and Greg Streete put the teams level at 37 points a piece.

The frantic pace of the first half continued after the half time break.

Flyers and Giants traded the lead in the first minute of the third quarter. But Bristol scored eight unanswered points with a Smith two-handed slam dunk game and back-to-back three-pointers from Vigor, forcing Manchester to call for time.

Sub of the Game - Daniel Edozie makes the jump shot on his way to 10 points and eight rebounds from the bench

Giants could stop the clock but they could not stop Flyers, as Vigor scored again from beyond the arc and Streete scored on a coast to coast fast break lay-up.

Suddenly Bristol had a double-digit lead which was met with an ovation by the SGS Arena. Flyers had opened the game up as their lead ballooned to 18 points.

Giants looked to counter with fast break opportunties but Flyers defence stood strong, as Edozie swatted a shot at the rim. Bristol then advanced the ball to the corner, where they found Boggs who converted a three-pointer at the buzzer, 72-55.

Giants came into the final period of the game looking to cut into Flyers' lead. Bristol, however, kept their defensive intensity highlighted by a Smith block.

Flyers' defence gave them more opportunities to score on the break, which helped to keep their lead intact.  Bristol attacked the basket with great regularity with another Smith slamdunk on his way to 21 points for the game and a converted And-1 by Edozie. 

Though up by as many as 23 points in the fourth, Bristol kept the pressure on until the buzzer, beating Giants 93-72.

Key Moment

After a strong start by Flyers in the first quarter, the momentum shifted in Giants' favour as they had a lead in the third.

The home team were only able to secure control of the contest after a 13 point run. Mike Vigor ignited Flyers' offence with three straight three-pointers, followed by back to back lay-ups from Streete and Vigor respectively.

This stretch opened the game up for Bristol, giving them a lead that they kept until the final buzzer.

Player of the Game: Leslee Smith

Flyers were led by a strong performance by Lesley Smith, scoring 21 points on 66% shooting. Smith was a consistent presence on both offence and defence playing almost the entire game.

Photo Of The Game

Slam - Player of the Game Leslee Smith with the huge slamdunk.


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