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Posted Sunday, February 17th 2019

Report: Bristol Flyers II 102-68 Swindon Shock

Flyers II picked up their sixth straight win in Division Three South to climb to third place in the league table. 

The convincing win over the visiting Swindon Shock reflects the improvement the team have made since their road loss in Swindon last November. David Mann led all scorers with 22 points, while Captain Jordan Daniels had a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Mann started the game red hot pouring in eight points in the opening stages, including two made threes and a trip to the free throw line. Swindon kept the game tight behind strong play from their Captain Antonio Wilburn and centre Matt Ford. Wilburn looked to match Mann’s outside shooting and connected for a three of his own.

The scoring duel between Mann and Wilburn in the saw both rack up the points early on - Mann had 15 in the first quarter and Wilburn had 14. The first quarter ended with Flyers ahead 32-25.

Rhys Farrel returned to the floor in the second and had an active few minutes. He completed a lay-up through contact and hit the foul shot to complete the three point play, blocked a shot and grabbed an offensive rebound leading to a score for Roy Owen. 

Image Credit - Bryony Parker

Owen found Craggs open on the perimeter for a three-pointer, one of Owen’s game-high eight assists. Ford remained a problem for the Flyers defence and was able to draw fouls to get successive trips to the line. 

Craggs soon found himself in foul trouble and Callum McCulloch was rewarded with a chance to close out the half. The rookie big man established good paint position and Owen made sure to get him the ball for an easy two. Foard piled on the pressure, with drives to the basket, drawing back to back shooting fouls to close out the half 57-42.

A run of scoring in the paint from the Flyers starters saw the lead increase to 26 early in the third period. Shock’s heads went down a little and the Flyers’ bench rotated in and continued to control the game. DeHaan had an excellent game off the bench totalling nine points, five assists and four steals in just 13 minutes of play. The third period finished 81-53 with the game now seemingly out of reach for the visitors.

Image Credit - Bryony Parker

Daniels punctuated the victory with a high-flying dunk for two of his eight points in the final quarter. Shock picked up their offence and defence with their own player/coach Dave Colclough taking the floor. However, the lead continued to grow until the final whistle finished the game, 102-68.

Flyers sixth win in a row sees them in third place in NBL Division 3 South with a 9-4 record. Elsewhere in the league first place Team Solent Kestrels tightened their grip with a 77-67 victory over the visiting Cardiff Met Archers, improving to a 10-3 record. London BC Medelynas remain close behind them with an undefeated record and games in hand, winning a convincing 71-117 road victory against Oxford Brookes University to go 9-0. Fourth place Essex Blades ground out a double overtime 78-75 win against Barking Abbey to reach an 8-4 record. 

Flyers II have no fixture next weekend and will host Barking Abbey on Saturday March 2nd (5.30pm tip at WISE). Flyers won the away fixture 54-59 early last year with both teams struggling from the floor. Barking are in eighth place with a 2-11 record but allow the second fewest points per game of any team of the league.

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