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Report: Cheshire Phoenix 72-60 Bristol Flyers - BBL Cup

Bristol Flyers failed to reach the BBL Cup semi-finals for the second year in a row as they fell to Cheshire Phoenix 72-60 away from home on Sunday night.

John Lavery’s side claimed their first home win of the season to set up a last four clash with Newcastle Eagles. Kinu Rochford led the way for the Nix with 16 points, while Akeem Ellis added 15 to follow up his hot-shooting night in Friday’s win at Worcester Wolves.

After an even start, Ellis hit a three to put the home side up by six, but the Flyers would take the lead on an 8-0 run across the first quarter break. Cheshire responded well and took control with a 19-4 spell that established a 13-point advantage.

Bristol had a run of seven straight points to reduce their arrears before half-time, but when play resumed in the third quarter, Cheshire took their lead up to 15 points on a Jeff Dirkin triple.

The home side managed to maintain their stronghold on the game, and their advantage grew to as many as 16 in the final quarter as they closed on the win. Bristol did close to within 10 inside the final two minutes, but the damage had been done as Cheshire secured their progression in the Cup.

The Flyers, still without Cardell McFarland, struggled to find their range from downtown as they finished 3-of-23. Tyrone Lee led the visitors with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Daniel Edozie also added a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.