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Posted Sunday, November 3rd 2019

Report: Myerscough 83-69 Bristol Flyers II

Bristol Flyers II suffered an away loss against Myerscough in their Division Two North campaign.

Marvin Dinnall led Flyers with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to help the team to their first away win of the season.


WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers showed worrying signs in the early going with their first two possessions ending in turnovers allowing Myerscough to get going early with easy scores in the paint.

Roy Owen steadied the team with a drive and dish to Lukasz Kubik for a strong finish at the basket. Owen kept the offence flowing, finding Dinnall in the corner for a spot-up three-pointer next time down the floor.

Turnovers prevented Flyers from building up momentum and strong shooting from Myerscough guard Mike Irvine saw them build up an early lead. Flyers responded with improved defensive intensity anchored by veteran forward Jack Craggs.

Kuda Mubaiwa brought energy from the bench, scoring over the defence on a forceful drive to the basket. SGS basketball academy student Tom Browne hit from the left corner and Pasquale Landolfi followed with another three-pointer from the same spot. Myerscough found themselves in foul trouble and Flyers were able to sustain their scoring at the foul line. Flyers finished the first quarter with the game tied-up at 20-20.

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A disastrous second quarter marred by further turnovers and defensive breakdowns saw Flyers fall behind fast. Asa Waite displayed skill in creating off the dribble and getting into the lane for points but defensive lapses from Flyers allowed Myerscough to respond with scores in the paint. After easy scores Irvine was heating up for Myerscough, hitting a pair of three-pointers on his way to a game high 20 points. The quarter closed with Flyers behind 41-27.

Myerscough kept the momentum after half-time building their lead to a peak of 22 points in the third period with Flyers struggling to connect on offence. Foul trouble became a factor for Myerscough with new addition Franklin Agu exiting the game early.

Sharpshooter Nassim Ladjimi splashed a triple and Dinnall followed up with a three-point play of his own, driving in for a score and making his and-1 foul shot count. Flyers were able to build momentum by forcing turnovers and finding points on the fast break.

Dinnall remained aggressive, getting to the basket for another soaring lay-up and then hitting a three-pointer. Flyers cut the lead to just six points with just over two minutes remaining. A much needed inside play from Sanmi Fajana to net two points ended the Flyers run.

Fajana continued to trouble the Flyers defence down the stretch, ensuring the lead grew out of reach of the Flyers. Myerscough finished strong to end the game ahead 83-69.

Flyers fall to seventh place in Division Two North with a 2-3 record following their third road defeat. The team will look to keep their undefeated record at home going as they face Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday November 9th at 3.30pm.

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