Report: Worcester Wolves 62-82 Bristol Flyers
Friday, March 26th 2021
Andreas Kapoulas celebrated his 100th win in the BBL with a 20-point win over play-off rivals, Worcester Wolves.
Marcus Delpeche led all scorers with 18 points but a rounded team performance saw 32 points come from the bench.
A low-scoring first quarter played to Flyers’ strengths, with Delpeche and Jordan Williams trading baskets. Josh Wilcher worked his way to the foul line and Eric Lockett opened up the early lead with a lay-up.
Delpeche netted points of his own at the free throw line, before handing over to Daniel Edozie, who got straight to work hitting a hook shot. Josh Rogers spotted up for a jumpshot from an assist from Teddy Okereafor and a Rogers steal resulted in an Edozie score at the other end. Wolves Captain Maarten Bouwknechet stepped up late in the quarter, feeding Daniel Johnson-Thompson inside, forcing a turnover and beating the buzzer with a three-pointer to make it 13-18 after ten minutes of play.
Micah Elan and Henry Wilkins complemented front court scoring from Williams and Elijah Burns to level the score early in the second. Delpeche responded with a scoring outburst, getting to the basket for a rapid eight points. Lamarr Kimble got hot for the home side and his combination of outside shooting and scoring off the drive pulled the game back in the home team’s favour. A final three-pointer from Micah Elan closed the second quarter at 41-36.
Wolves came out of the break firing, with Williams throwing it down and Bouwknecht hitting a three pointer. Coach Kapoulas took an early timeout and Flyers got back to what had worked well early in the game, moving the ball well to get Lockett an outside score and finding Delpeche around the basket. The team GB connection between Teddy Okereafor and Ben Mockford proved productive for Flyers with Okereafor assisting Mockford on back to back scores.
Okereafor sought out his spot on the perimeter, spotting up behind an Edozie screen to net three points and then repeating the shot next time down the floor to edge Bristol back into the lead. Edozie claimed three points of his own with a transition lay-up and free throw to finish the third quarter with Flyers ahead 53-58. The Flyers captain finished the game with 9 points and 9 rebounds off the bench in his return.
Back-to-back threes from Mockford stretched the Flyers lead to double figures, forcing Coach Newby into a timeout. Lockett was able to battle his way to the front of the basket for back to back lay-ups to reach 16 points.
Rogers punctuated a great performance with a pull-up jumpshot to finish with seven points and eight rebounds, and SGS Academy students Thomas Browne and Nassim Ladjimi received valuable minutes to round out the game.