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Report: Bristol Flyers 99-90 Manchester Giants

Bristol Flyers claimed their first home win of the season and their highest ever final score in the BBL beating Manchester Giants 99-90.

Following a successful mid-week trip to Plymouth in the cup, Bristol welcomed Manchester to the SGS Wise Arena hoping to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Flyers started the game by isolating Tyron Lee in the post, which resulted in the American rebounding his own miss and putting it back for the opening basket. In quick succession, Lee gambled on the passing lane and stole the ball.

On his way to an 11 point first quarter, Lee jammed it with a crowd pleasing right handed dunk. Flyers were reaping the benefit of a clever defensive set. Cardell McFarland was picking up the opposing point guard almost full court. This put a hold on the Giants' offense, allowing Bristol to gain an early lead.

Despite the early success, Flyers let the Giants back into the game, by beating the trap and initiating a fast flowing offense. The Giants were able to string together a stretch of open shots from their guard Stefan Gill, who shot 100% for the first quarter. The Giants pulled back within 4 , closing the quarter 25-23.

The Flyers defensive pressure continued from the early moments of the second quarter with back to back stops. This time it was Greg Streete pressuring the guard, picking off a pass, then Lee blocking Olu Babalola's lay up into the first row, both ending with fast break scores.

Bristol rotated the spear head of the defence, Roy Owen, Streete and McFarland all taking turns to harass Manchester's ball handlers. Bristol were working hard defensively, but Manchester were right there with them.

The Giants continued to chip away - an impressive and-1 by Manchester's Ingus Bankevics giving them a brief 31-34 lead. Both teams continued to score, trading the lead each possession. As the quarter wound down, Lee posterised Callum Jones with a one-handed dunk, and Doug McLaughlin-Williams hit three straight 3 pointers. Bristol leading 44-36 at the half-time mark.

The assault continued in the third as Streete opened with a 3 pointer, nothing but net. McFarland scored on a give-and-go with a crafty back door cut and the Flyers lead grew to 13. Communication was clearly a point of emphasis for Flyers, gathering on dead balls and sorting out any little issues.

The Flyers' defense stayed strong, with a crisp offense - balanced with four of the starting five scoring in double figures. Bristol were falling in love with the outside shot and could not build on their lead. As the third quarter came to a close, The Flyers led 71-61.

Bristol opened the fourth patiently with plenty of ball movement, stretching the defence and finding Tom Tinsley for an open corner 3 pointer. The Flyers then found Mclaughlin-Williams, whom finished with 18 points on his way to a 6 for 7 shooting performance from outside.

A late Giants charge threatened to derail Flyers mid-way through the final quarter. Bristol found their lead almost evaporate with three straight threes from the Giants' dangerous Stefan Gill, an and-1 by Chris Hodkin and an open corner three from Bankevics.

Flyers though held out and put final the nail in the coffin through timely scores and clutch free throws down the stretch from Cardell McFarland, who led the way for Flyers with 20 points.

The Flyers, to a standing ovation, pulled away for their first home win of the season 99-90.

RSG Player Of The Game: Doug McLaughlin-Williams

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