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Posted Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Report: Cardiff City 81-102 Bristol Flyers II

Flyers II sustained their winning streak with a fifth win in a row away at Cardiff City.

Jordan Daniels led all scorers with 18 points. Nestor Saa added 16 points and eight rebounds from the bench. 


WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers II got off to a strong start with multiple scores in the paint. Daniels won the tip and drove to the basket for a quick two points. Stephen Foard followed suit, driving through the defence to score. Foard had one of his best games of the season racking up a 10 point, 13 rebound double-double and dishing out nine assists. City matched Flyers basket for basket, but their scoring dried up late in the first quarter. Nestor Saa, Louis Luparello and Jakub Kulig were able to sustain the visitors offence and build up a significant lead. The quarter drew to a close with Flyers ahead, 13-26.

Jack Craggs, Steve White and Callum McCulloch were the next trio of substitutes to get on the scoresheet. David Mann re-entered the game and was aggressive at both ends, scoring a quick nine points in the quarter. Some scrappy sequences saw both teams getting easy points from turnovers but Flyers were able to extend their lead to 17 points, the score 36-53 at half-time.

The home side made a run coming out of half-time, with Lewis Tucker getting to the free throw line early. He finished the game with 15 points including eight from the line and while his shooting was not as accurate as last week he was very effective in drawing fouls.

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The Flyers starters showed their resilience with a calm response to rebuild their lead. Berwin Wilks heated up in the third, scoring eight points in the period for City.

A breakaway dunk from Luparello saw the Flyers lead grow to 22 points and forced a Cardiff timeout. Wilks remained hot, hitting a three, but Flyers were able to maintain the lead, heading into the final quarter 57-77.

Flyers made a 12-4 run to start the fourth period, giving them their largest lead of the game at 28 points. The city defence was unable to prevent scoring in the paint during the sequence and Daniels got to the free throw line multiple times. The bench closed out the final minutes of the game and ensured the win with Saa and McCulloch both getting multiple baskets as the clock ran down. All twelve Flyers players scored and the team totalled 24 assists in one of their best offensive games of the year.

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