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Report: Plymouth Raiders 87-65 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers suffered a crushing defeat in the South West derby, falling to a dominant Plymouth Raiders side 65-87.

Flyers were led by Marcus Delpeche with 15 points in limited minutes, while Eric Lockett had a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers got off to a strong start with Marcus Delpeche cleaning the glass and putting back a missed shot. Teddy Okereafor caught his defender slipping under a screen and fired a three-pointer. Back-to-back threes from Raiders’ Ricky McGill put them ahead. Delpeche was forced to the bench with two early fouls, but Chris Porter-Bunton responded for Raiders with a lay-up.

Ashley Hamilton knocked down a triple for Plymouth and Okereafor answered with a three of his own. The duel between the GB teammates continued as Hamilton battled his way to the foul line. Raiders found success inside with Ochereobia completing a post play, before making way for Prince Ibeh’s return from injury. Ibeh hauled in an offensive board and hammered down a dunk.D efensive breakdowns from Bristol allowed Raiders more paint points. Josh Wilcher rallied his team with a one footed jump shot to close out the first quarter with a score of 25-20.

A disastrous second period saw Flyers offence falter and Raiders develop a double digit lead. Plymouth kept up their outside shooting, while Flyers could not find a three-pointer in the period. Delpeche returned and made a pair of lay-ups, but with Elvisi Dusha and Denzel Ubiario both firing from outside, the gap was already widening. Back-to-back blocks from Plymouth wing Ryan Beisty signalled a shift in momentum. Raiders were able to force turnovers and get points in transition. Coach Kapoulas took a time-out but another turnover followed. His side picked up their defensive intensity and forced a miss, allowing Delpeche to end the drought with a strong drive to the basket. 

Raiders started a fresh run with Hamilton hitting a three-pointer then feeding Ubiaro for a dunk. Wilcher worked his way to the foul line, drawing two personal fouls from rookie Elliott Sentance to put his former side in the penalty. His free throw ended the first half scoring with Flyers behind 49-31.

Flyers came out with a big task ahead but got straight to work on the problem, tightening up on the defensive end and fuelling their offensive game with much-needed stops. Okereafor and Mockford were able to convert good looks from outside and Delpeche continued his excellent work in the paint. Lockett cut the lead to single digits with successive trips to the free throw line. 

Raiders stole back the momentum with a corner three from Hamilton to make it 63-54 at the end of the third. The GB international led all scorers with 19 points.  

Plymouth started the final quarter with an alley-oop for Ibeh. A Flyers turnover allowed McGill to score in transition and signalled a momentum shift that forced an early timeout for Bristol. Lockett lured the Plymouth defence into another foul and made his shots count but points were again proving difficult to come by. Ibeh was particularly effective at altering shots at the rim and Ubiaro stripped the ball and made an agile move to the basket to elevate for a one handed dunk.

A 7-0 run for the home side capped with a pass from Dusha to Michael Ochereobia for a dunk gave them a comfortable lead. With the result decided and another game tomorrow night Flyers rotated in SGS Academy player Louis Weaver for his BBL debut. Raiders cemented the win with a last basket to make it 87-65.