Report: Newcastle Eagles 72-64 Bristol Flyers
Wednesday, December 16th 2020
Bristol Flyers saw their BBL Cup run end with a Quarter-Final defeat to Newcastle Eagles.
Daniel Edozie stuffed the stat sheet with a 13 point, 12 rebound double-double, adding six assists and two steals.
Evan Maxwell started strong for the hosts, showing his presence at the heart of Eagles’ zone defence to deny Edozie at the basket. Justin Gordon was able to get the Eagles transition game going with a steal and fast break dunk but was lured into a rash foul on the arc by Mockford who converted all three of the resulting free throws.
Lockett was forced to the bench early with three personal fouls, but Raphell Thomas-Edwards and Panos Mayindombe provided effective bench support and Flyers were able to keep it close to finish the first quarter 17-16.
Five minutes of misfiring offence to start the second quarter allowed Eagles to go on a 10-0 run and build a lead that they would hold on to for the rest of the game. Mockford and Copeland were able to connect from distance to get Bristol going again.
Marvin Dinnall skied for an offensive rebound to lay it home off the glass and then drove past the defence for a lay-up the next time down. A trio of turnovers allowed Eagles to get back to their running game, and with the lead quickly back to double figures, Coach Kapoulas called timeout. A soaring Delpeche alley-oop dunk followed. Flyers went into half-time behind 39-27.
Bristol picked up their defensive intensity after half-time but still struggled to get points on the board. With Eagles looking to open up a lead, Edozie dug deep and scored on a driving lay-up. Cortez Edwards showed his own leadership with a good all-around game for the home team, finishing the game with 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Two late scores from Edwards stretched the Eagles lead to 56-39 at the end of the third.
Eddie Matthew gave Eagles strong minutes off the bench early in the fourth, knocking down a corner three and then driving and spinning for a tough finish off the glass. Lockett kept on battling, attacking the basket and stopping on a dime for pull-up scores.
Maxwell kept the scoreboard ticking, totalling a game-high 22 points. The lead remained in double figures as time started to run out for Flyers. They were able to spark a late run by forcing turnovers and attacking the basket. Zach Copeland netted the final points at the foul line. The run came too late and Eagles were able to hold on for the victory.