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Sunday, October 20th 2019
It looked as though the Flyers would not be getting retribution against the Reading Rockets, but all of that changed in the final moments of the game.
They were seeking revenge against their opponents this weekend, as the Rockets had denied them a place in last season’s playoff finals. However, the Flyers had to fight for the win here against a speedy and highly physical team.
Leaving gaps open in their defence, the Flyers allowed Reading to take an early lead, but Maialen Ansoain Zilbeti provided the spark off the home bench and late shots from EG Sylva and Hannah Wallace saw the Flyers go from six down to end the quarter level at 18 points apiece.
Wallace opened the second quarter with a three and finding even more scoring chances, she gave the Flyers their first lead of the game. Candela Hermida Nunez gave the lead back to the visitors soon after.
With neither team allowing any easy looks at basket there was a long scoring drought, at the end of the which – at the final buzzer – the Rockets went to the locker room ahead by four.
The Flyers saw a slow start to the third quarter, their attempts to build momentum halted by Reading’s defence and poor shot selection.
However, as time in the third ticked down, Zilbeti made it a one-point game and after the Rockets stretched out their lead to three, Erin Hunter prevented any more damage in the period with a chase down block.
Leading by three going into the fourth, Reading opened the scoring in what would be a scrappy do to end the game. Their outside shooting – doubling the Flyers’ total three pointers - saw them go in front by ten points, but the Flyers would not go down without a fight.
After cutting down the deficit, an and-one layup from Leila Jepson tied the scores ahead of the final stretch, only for Reading’s Carmen Segura Moreno put them up by two with a minute to go.
Zilbeti followed a late layup with another in sudden succession - the last of her amazing 21 points, quickly turning the whol game around. On Reading’s final possession Fiona Fox made a steal and held on to the ball to see out the incredible comeback for the Flyers, winning the game by two points at the death.
The Flyers’ next game will be away to Southwark Pride on October 26th and they can next be seen at WISE on November 2nd against Anglia Ruskin University.