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Report: Plymouth Raiders 71-88 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers avenged last week’s BBL Trophy defeat with a convincing road win against Plymouth Raiders to improve to 6-5 in the BBL Championship.

Seven Flyers players ended the game in double digit scoring, led by a game-high 16 points and eight assists from Jordan Davis.

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What happened

Brandon Penn marked his return to the Plymouth line-up with six of his 11 points in the first period, the highlight coming from a tough step back jump shot to give the home team an early two point lead.

Jordan Davis knocked down the quick pull up three to tie the game at 15 points apiece, a play which sparked a 14-0 run for Bristol to end the first period with a 15-26 advantage.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure in the second period, with Rohndell Goodwin getting on the scoresheet on his return from injury with ten first half points.

A baseline three-pointer from Davis followed by a difficult finish on the fast break saw the Flyers’ lead grow to 17 points with two minutes to play in the first half.

Roy Owen glided his way through the Raiders defence, before Goodwin picked off the inbounds pass to complete a three-point-play and establish a 20 point cushion heading into the half-time break.

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The Flyers lead ballooned to 30 points in the third quarter, Brandon Boggs’ contested three-pointer put the visitors up 68-38 with just under four minutes to play in the period.

Leslee Smith knocked down a turnaround jump shot heading in to the fourth on his way to ten points and six rebounds. Flyers maintained their lead with the scoreboard reading 48-70 with ten minutes remaining.

Frustration began to show for Plymouth in the final period. Dylan Costello got caught up with Boggs resulting in Head Coach Gavin Love being awarded a technical foul.

Daniel Edozie took advantage with the one-handed dunk in transition to emphatically put the nail in the coffin with five minutes to play in the game.

Edozie had a very impressive double-double coming off the bench, 14 points and ten rebounds, to go along with two blocks and two steals.

Flyers dominated the battle in the paint, outscoring the Raiders 44-28 whilst holding Plymouth to just 36% shooting on the night to gift wrap the perfect early Christmas present.

Flyers claim the season series over their south west rivals and enter the new year with a wining record (6-5) for the first time since joining the BBL in 2014.

Next home game

Bristol Flyers v Newcastle Eagles
BBL Championship,
Saturday, January 6th.