Preview » Glasgow Rocks v Bristol Flyers
Posted: Thursday, February 1st 2018
Friday, February 2nd 2018
Bristol Flyers fell short against Glasgow Rocks in a tight game in front of BBC cameras.
Despite Rohndell Goodwin’s 16 points and seven rebounds, Bristol Flyers lost a tight contest to fall to 8-9 on the season.
A Glasgow turnover to start the game gave the Flyers the first possession, leading to two made free throws for Leslee Smith within the opening 20 seconds.
A nice lay-up from Rohndell Goodwin from Mike Vigor’s pass down the middle gave Bristol their first lead of the game which was quickly followed by a corner three from Leslee Smith to extend that lead even further early on.
Three-point shots from Josephs, Bunyan and Achara were able to keep Glasgow within reach to leave Bristol fans awaiting a timeout call which didn’t come. It didn’t take long for the Rocks to carry their shooting momentum on and take the lead before another Bunyan three finally forced the timeout on a Glasgow 20-15 lead.
Adam Weary was subbed in from the timeout and immediately repaid Coach K’s faith with a three to take Bristol within two. A Brandon Boggs three followed shortly after to take the game to a single point.
With seven seconds left in the quarter Rohndell Goodwin was able to put away another three for the travelling team, before Earl Brown dropped a late lay-up before the buzzer to give Glasgow a 27-24 lead after one.
It wasn’t until two minutes into the second quarter that either team scored again as a long jump-shot from Daniel Edozie dropped to give Bristol the lead at 27-29.
Bristol soon lost their shooting touch as their percentage dropped below 40% for the game. Glasgow took the opportunity to take a timeout with their lead at 35-31 and Bristol having only scored two points midway through the second period. They came back into the game to make two free-throws and a lay-up to further extend that lead to eight.
A couple of quick fouls on Kieran Achara, including a technical, allowed Bristol to tie the game from the line before Boggs once again gave Bristol a two-point lead.
The next Flyers possession lead to a quick Goodwin three to give the Flyers a nice five-point lead and force the Rocks into a timeout with under a minute to go of the half.
Another Bunyan three out of the timeout brought the Rocks back within two points and the Flyers weren’t able to capitalise on having the final play of the half, heading into the locker room with a slight lead at 45-47.
A Kieran Achara three from the corner gave the Rocks the lead the start the half before Rohndell Goodwin was able to reply with a three of his own and take the lead straight back.
Daniel Edozie was able to tie the game with less than a minute left of the third and Boggs was fouled going for a big dunk on the next offensive play, making one of his two shots from the line and give the Flyers to lead going into the final quarter.
Kofi Josephs dropped the deep three to start the final quarter for the Rocks and take a two point lead before a Mike Vigor block on the defensive end lead to a fast-break lay-up for Jordan Davis to tie the game at 68.
A Panos Mayindombe three gave the Flyers the lead at 70-71, but Glasgow were quick to reply and regain the lead by a point. The first quarter scoring frenzy was evidently becoming a much more defensive game as Mayindombe was able to make two free throws and Bristol entered the penalty with over four minutes to play.
Bunyan for Glasgow continued his solid shooting for the night on yet another three before the game was tied once more at 75 on Daniel Edozie’s smooth finish.
Bristol’s second half shooting struggles continued into the final minute as Glasgow called two consecutive timeouts to ensure they understood their defensive responsibilities at 82-79. Both teams stepped back onto the court until Coach K called a timeout of his own after seeing the Glasgow offensive set-up.
With Glasgow holding the ball and Bristol needing to regain the ball, a quick foul was the only option but the free throws fell to Bunyan who made both, to further extend the lead and make it a five-point game.
Bunyan’s free-throws were a drop-the-mike moment as he immediately stepped off the court and the Flyers weren’t able to make their final shot of the game, falling short by just five points. 84-79.
Written by Aaron Eamer - A passionate fan of basketball since 2004, Aaron briefly played at SGS (then Filton College) under Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas.
Fast forward a number of years, Aaron now contributes to recording the statistics for the Flyers home games as a club Statistician, you’ll often find him sat at the table courtside taking stats into his laptop at every home game.
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Bristol Flyers v Glasgow Rocks
Saturday, February 10th (7.30pm)