Report: Leicester Riders 85-73 Bristol Flyers
Friday, December 18th 2020
Bristol Flyers fell behind early and were unable to close the gap on a sharpshooting Leicester Riders team.
Marcus Delpeche continued his strong form from the weekend, with a 19 point and nine rebound performance.
Flyers found success early and often in the paint with Delpeche and Daniel Edozie scoring around the basket. Leicester responded with Geno Crandall driving the lane and Darien Nelson-Henry getting a dunk. Riders were able to kick the ball out for three pointers on a trio of possessions to separate themselves. A William Lee lay-up completed a 13-0 run for the hosts, and Coach Kapoulas took a timeout to try to settle his side.
Teddy Okereafor checked in off the bench and Flyers were able to get back into offensive rhythm, but could only trade baskets with Leicester. Eric Lockett found success in the mid-range and found Okereafor on the perimeter for a three-pointer. Coach Kapoulas took a second timeout to try and tighten up the defence. Raphell Thomas-Edwards connected on a corner three and Edozie hit fadeaway in the paint, but Riders finished the quarter with another barrage of outside shooting to make it 34-19.
Riders ball movement continued to generate solid three-point looks with Jamell Anderson and Aaron Falzon adding to the outside scoring from the Riders bench. Flyers were again able to match, but not better Riders scoring output and the first half closed with Leicester ahead 56-40.
Improved defence in the second half allowed Flyers to curtail Riders scoring. Zach Copeland came out of the break firing and collected a quick five points. Ben Mockford connected with Marcus Delpeche on an alley-oop, but Riders answered the run with more outside shooting from Crandall, Corey Johnson and an unlikely first three of the season for Nelson-Henry. A low-scoring third quarter saw the gap unchanged at 70-54.
Flyers continued to battle, but were only able to make a dent in the home side’s lead. Lockett was effective at getting to the foul line, finishing the game with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Riders finally cooled off from outside and Delpeche continued his efficient post scoring. A final mid-range score from Lockett as the time was expiring closed the gap to 85-73.