Report: Surrey Scorchers 79-99 Bristol Flyers
Sunday, December 20th 2020
Bristol Flyers improved to 3-3 in the BBL Championship with a convincing road win at Surrey Sports Park.
Six players finished in in double figure scoring in a consistent 40 minute performance. Eric Lockett led all scorers with 21 points, while Teddy Okereafor finished with 16 points, 12 assist and eight rebounds.
Flyers stamped their identity on the game early with defence feeding offence, as Marcus Delpeche stole an errant pass and Okereafor found Ben Mockford in good position to draw a shooting foul. Scorchers answered by building a quick lead behind strong outside shooting from Ryan Richards and Tayo Ogedengbe.
With Scorchers shooting faltering Okereafor kept the offence running smoothly, racking up assists and sinking a high arcing floating jump-shot. Zach Copeland assisted Delpeche on a lay-up then connected from mid-range himself. Lockett deflected a pass and drove coast to coast finishing a Euro-step move and drawing a foul for a three-point play. Flyers finished the first quarter in control, 19-28.
A baseline out of bounds play saw Okereafor find Raphell Thomas-Edwards in good position to attack the basket for a lay-up. Thomas-Edwards returned the favour, passing out to Okereafor on the perimeter for a three-pointer. The Flyers guard was heating up and sank another triple. Evan Walshe gave Surrey a boost from the bench netting a quick five points to cut the lead to 10 and trigger a timeout.
Flyers clamped down on defence and held Scorchers scoreless for two minutes to finish out the first half. Another Okereafor three point basket gave them a 37-52 lead heading into half time.
Daniel Edozie led the scoring for a spell in the third quarter, completing a three-point-play and then slamming down a dunk. A turnover allowed Tayo Ogedengbe to run the floor for a dunk of his own and Coach Kapoulas again took timeout. Lockett worked his way to the foul line and Okereafor threw a well-timed a lob for Delpeche to slam home. Scorchers outside shooting cut the lead to ten points with Cashaw and Skyler White making back to back threes. Josh Rogers answered for Flyers. A final triple from Copeland restored a comfortable lead to finish the quarter, 58-74.
Flyers overwhelmingly won the battle of the boards, ensuring Scorchers were limited to one shot per possession for most of the game and out-rebounding them by 44 to 24. With both teams in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, the lead stayed stable with free throw exchanges at either end.
A driving lay-up saw Thomas-Edwards complete an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double, before Edozie made the short pass to Lockett for a final score for Flyers. Cashaw went back to the line for two free throws and Flyers were then able to dribble out the clock having won all four quarters.