Report: Manchester Giants 74-97 Bristol Flyers
Sunday, November 26th 2017
Bristol Flyers bounced back following their home defeat to Newcastle Eagles with a dominant 74-97 away win over the Manchester Giants.
Flyers were led by Brandon Boggs, who poured in a game-high 24 points on 71% shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds.
Manchester opened the game up scoring on their first few possessions behind David Kadiri, who scored the home team's first five points. Bristol countered with a flurry of offence; Daniel Edozie sinking a two-pointer and Boggs scoring inside, drawing the foul but failing to convert on the And-1 opportunity.
Boggs carried the load offensively, as he scored eight first quarter points on 80% shooting. Bristol were scoring efficiently going 11-20 from the field in the opening period, but they did not capitalise on their offensive success and the score remained close 24-26 after the first ten minutes.
The second quarter began with Panos Mayindombe bringing energy off the bench; the Flyers' guard chipping in a two-point jumpshot and hitting one of two free throws in the early stages of the period. Although Giants initially kept in the game with a Richard Bell three-pointer, Flyers started to pull away by scoring seven unanswered points and building a small lead heading into the half.
Bristol's offence was firing on all cylinders with swift ball movement, finding the open man for quality looks at the basket. Flyers' attack was balanced but Leslee Smith stood out with a strong quarter, showing his prowess with both his inside presence and outside stroke. Boggs, on his way to 16 first half points, continued to feature heavily in the Flyers' attack. But the home team refused to quit and put together a quick run to keep within striking distance; Callum Jones scored two free-throws followed by two three-pointers from Ingus Bankevics. At the end of the first, Flyers led 43-49.
Flyers stepped it up defensively at the start of the second half, they held Giants scoreless for almost three minutes, highlighted by Edozie recording an emphatic block. The defensive stand by Bristol enabled them to string together enough unanswered field goals to secure a double digit lead.
Manchester struggled in the third. Not only were they having a nightmare against the Flyers' defence, but they failed to take care of the ball, racking up costly turnovers. Through timely scores and trips to the free-throw line, Flyers had a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Bristol's lead ballooned to 25 points within the first few minutes of the fourth, Adam Weary notably scoring seven points to help extend the lead. Despite Giants' effort to get back into the game, Flyers had a firm grip on the contest. Bristol calmly finished off the game to secure the 74-97 win.
Report by Luke Bennett.
Next home game
Bristol Flyers v Leicester Riders
Friday, December 1st 2017, 7.30pm.