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Report: Flyers U14s I 72-27 Plymouth Raiders

Bristol Flyers U14s cruised to a big win away at Plymouth Raiders.

Flyers U14 I travelled to Plymouth on Saturday after a five week break from league games. Stroud Sharks dropped out of the triangular tournament so Flyers played a full length game against Plymouth Raiders, who they had beaten in the first game of the season.

The first quarter was scrappy with lots of fouls from attempted blocks and steals. Plymouth did not score from their eight free throws, but weren’t given any easy basket chances. Flyers took their chances and ended the quarter 15-4 ahead.

The team was rotated in the second quarter, but Flyers continued to dominate. Flyers gave away fewer fouls, while still limiting Plymouth to few chances. On offence the ball was being moved around well with several defence splitting passes leading to scores. Flyers took the quarter 18-4 to lead 33-8 at half-time.

In the third quarter Flyers played half-court defence, which gave Plymouth more possession in Flyers' half. Plymouth scored ten, including one three-pointer and their first free throw scored after 18 attempts. But this approach also gave Flyers more opportunities to steal, which they took full advantage of. Flyers plundered 22 points from a combination of fast break lay ups and patient build up moves. Flyers lead was extended to 55-18.

Flyers did not relax in the final quarter and put in effort until the end. Tiredness must have been sinking in because after a timeout, Flyers had possession under Plymouth basket and for some reason changed direction and ran a play towards their own basket to much confusion / amusement of everyone. Several fouls led to what seemed like a free throw contest with Flyers sinking 5-8 and Plymouth 3-6 in this quarter. Flyers took the quarter 17-9 giving a fully deserved final score of 72-27.

Flyers had a full strength team for the second time this season. The key was energy for the whole game from every player, which was more evident than on other days when two games are played. There was also energy and support from players when on the bench, which was great to see. Leading scorers were Henry with 16, Nathan with 14 and Casey with 13. But the whole team played their part both on court and on the bench.

Next Saturday Flyers are at home against fellow title contenders Vale and Torbay and are hoping for some big support from the crowd at the SGS WISE Arena.