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Report: London City Royals 82-84 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers claimed a hard-fought 82-84 win over London City Royals in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-final.

Led by a dominant 20 point, 14 rebound double-double from Marcus Delpeche, Coach Kapoulas’ men will have a two point lead to protect in the second leg on Saturday, December 21st.



The first period opened at a furious pace with both teams intending to show they were ready for the final.

The home team were clicking offensively in the early goings, moving the ball well to find the open man, shooting 60% from deep through the opening period.

A Fred Thomas triple brought the Flyers back to within four, before the Royals responded with a 9-3 run to establish a double digit lead, the first quarter ending 28-19 in the their favour.

The second quarter opened with a Delpeche dunk, which was quickly followed by a dunk from Fred Thomas to cut the gap down to five. But GB international Andrew Lawrence rebuilt the lead for London, as the teams went in at the half with Flyers behind, 40-34.

Bristol came storming back in the third with an 8-0 run to open the second half, knotting the score at 47 points apiece with six and a half minutes to play.

The lane opened up for Flyers in the fourth, as the team made six dunks in a row to close out the game before Levi Bradley put the nail in the coffin with the baseline two.

The result means Flyers will have a two point lead to protect in the second leg on Saturday, December 21st at the SGS College Arena.