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Posted Saturday, March 16th 2019

Report: Bristol Flyers II 88-81 London BC Medelynas

Bristol Flyers II caused an upset victory against the visiting London BC Medelynas to finish their first season in Division Three South with a win.

David Mann led all scorers with 26 points, also populating the rest of the box score with five rebounds, and four assists. Player coach Roy Owen had 22 points and five assists in his team’s ninth win in a row. 

BOX SCORE


WHAT HAPPENED

Mann started the game with focus and intensity, splashing a triple off an assist from Jordan Daniels on Flyers first offence. Stephen Foard showed off his quickness on the drive, turning a well timed pass from Owen into a lay-up. Another defensive rebound and quick outlet allowed Daniels to find Mann on the perimeter for another three to give Flyers an early 11 point lead. Medelynas continued to find success against Flyers’ switching defence, creating mismatches inside and exploiting them for easy scores. 

Foul trouble forced Mann to the bench half way through the first quarter but he had already totalled 11 points including two at the free throw line. UWE Jets guard Levi Pither got the chance to pick up additional minutes with Mann needing to sit out. Owen kept the pressure on the Medelynas defence, getting to the free throw line for easy points. Jaras hit a two in the paint and Emilijus Jankauskas stripped the ball from Alex DeHaan and converted a fast break lay-up. A dagger three from the corner by Razumovas saw Flyers lead all but erased at the end of the first period, the score now 20-19.

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The Flyers starters retook the floor for the second quarter and Daniels quickly found Kulig open under the basket for an easy two. An early third foul for Mann saw him sit out most of the second period and Medelynas big man Modestaus Paulauskas made the foul count, hitting both free throws. Kulig also found himself in foul trouble and Steve White took advantage of extended minutes, driving in for a lay-up.

Daniels found a cutting Craggs for more points in the paint but Flyers found themselves trading baskets with the Medelynas frontcourt of Jaras and Paulauskas. Medelynas' inside-out game saw Paulauskas hit another lay-up and then Razumovas splash a corner three. Flyers offence faltered and Medelynas took the lead with a Jankauskas three. Owen found his spot at the top of the key and knocked down another pull-up jumper. Pither made a three point play the hard way driving through contact from Paulauskas. Owen closed the quarter with another mid-range pull-up to keep it close, heading into half-time 42-43.

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Mann came back from the extended rest still hot, tying the game with an early three pointer. Paulauskas answered with a lay-up but a rare defensive breakdown from Medelynas saw Kulig open in front of the basket. Daniels found him the ball for an easy lay-up. The Flyers guards continued to find lanes to the basket with Foard hitting a driving lay-up and Owen completing a three-point play at the free throw line.

Foard was unstoppable, making another pair of driving lay-ups but Medelynas countered Flyers inside scoring with more three point shooting from Guzys and Razumovas. Razumovas hit a dagger three with one minute left in the quarter to put Medelynas back in front. Flyers found themselves back on defence at the end of the period and Mann made an athletic close out block on Razumovas to keep the game close, 67-70.

The early part of the fourth quarter saw Medelynas extend the lead to six points. Mann was able to get back to the line for a pair of free throws and followed with a step back three-pointer to cut the lead to just one. Flyers produced more defensive stops and Mann finished a driving lay-up to make it a two possession game with a minute remaining. Medelynas misfired and were forced to foul to regain possession. A tense sequence with multipe offensive rebounds followed until Pither was able to grab the final miss. Owen closed out the game at the free throw line to claim the 88-81 win. 

Flyers II finished their debut season in Division Three South upsetting the previously undefeated Medelynas and claiming a 12-4 record. Medelynas hold onto the top spot with a 13-2 record and will play their final game against Swindon Shock next week. Flyers will finish the league in third and head North for their first round game in the play-offs on April 6th. Their opponents will be the second place team from Division 3 North, Team Derby Spartans.