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Report: Bristol Flyers 96-54 Glasgow Rocks

Bristol Flyers delivered an early Christmas gift to the faithful fans with a blowout victory over visiting Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship.

Marcus Delpeche had a career high 32 points on devastating 83% accuracy from the floor, in Flyers’ largest ever victory since joining the BBL.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Julius Van Sauers won the tip and got the scoring started with back to back baskets. Flyers answered with Teddy Okereafor finding Delpeche in great position for a lay-up. David Mpondo showed great quickness off the dribble to turn the corner and make the driving lay-up. Zach Copeland craftily split the defence and sailed down the lane for an easy score. 

Copeland was next to find Delpeche in the paint for another basket, giving Flyers their first lead of the game. Lockett swatted down a Mpondo lay-up attempt allowing Delpeche to run the floor and get to the foul line. An early second foul sent Van Sauers to the bench, but Rocks managed to find scoring to keep the game close. Another turnover saw a trailing Lockett jet in and put back a missed lay-up attempt forcing a Rocks timeout. Rocks were also able to turn defence into offence with Isa Brandon picking pockets to release Mpondo on the fast break. Another Delpeche lay-up closed the quarter 18-17.

Gareth Murray was able to briefly restore a Rocks lead while on the floor, but Flyers quickly went back to work around the basket with Daniel Edozie scoring from post-up play. Delpeche slipped to the basket as Lockett fired in a one handed pass for him to slam home. 

Flyers extended the lead with Copeland going coast to coast for the and one lay-up. The high pace continued after a Rocks time out with Okereafor getting in the passing lane for a steal and pass ahead to Josh Rogers for a transition score. Next time down the floor Copeland swung the ball to an open Okereafor on the wing for a three-pointer. Delpeche and Raphell Thomas-Edwards poured in more points in the paint, with Flyers holding a 40-33 advantage at the half.

The home team blew the game wide open with an extended scoring run in the third quarter. Lockett splashed a high arcing shot, Edozie kicked to Copeland on the perimeter for a three, then Lockett stripped the ball from Mpondo and a series of beautiful passes saw Okereafor drive and dish to Delpeche.

Delpeche was heating up, sinking a short corner shot off a feed from Copeland and a flurry of inside scoring from Delpeche and Edozie extended it to a 17-1 run with Coach Murray calling a timeout. Lockett was unwilling to let the momentum go and racked up seven quick points, scoring a step back at the elbow, at the foul line and then a measured three pointer. 

Delpeche continued his relentless assault on the basket and Lockett was again able to find him lurking on the baseline for another huge dunk. Coach Murray tried a complete lineup overhaul, but nothing was going to slow down the Flyers. Delpeche finished the quarter with a high-flying alley-oop dunk off an assist from Mayindombe to make it 77-36.

Mayindombe took over scoring to start the fourth quarter, sinking a three and driving across the lane for a tough angle lay-up. The lead peaked at 44 and Coach Kapoulas was able to begin resting his starters, looking ahead to their game against Sheffield on Sunday.

The second unit managed the pace of the game well and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Davis was aggressive on the offensive boards to score second chance points. Mockford netted his first points as a Flyer at the foul line and Finley Woodward made his league debut, linking up with SGS Academy teammate Marvin Dinnall for a corner three to punctuate the victory.