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‘Team Basketball Crucial In Leeds Victory’

Following a disappointing away performance at Glasgow Rocks, Flyers faced Leeds Force on Saturday night at a packed SGS WISE Arena. A ‘must win’ league game saw Flyers leaving Leeds stunned after pouring in 37 points in a fantastic first quarter.

May the ‘Force’ be with us

With 37 points in the first, Flyers scored their highest ever points tally in a quarter since joining the BBL in 2014.


Coach Kapoulas was able not only to rotate the entire bench but also find valuable production from every player which was vital down the stretch as fatigue took a hold.

Although Leeds were without their British star forward Rob Marsden, Flyers also continued their injury woes, missing Tyrone Lee due to an ankle issue. The Flyers’ bench stepped up. Roy Owen and Tom Tinsley both did a good job handling the basketball and chipped in with ten and six points respectively. Chris Bourne and Jordan Ranklin also contributed in limited playing time.

Daniel Edozie played terrific defence on seven footer Zak Wells who was unable to back down with the crab dribble due to Edozie’s lower body strength and lateral quickness.

Cardell McFarland led the Flyers with 23 points and was just one assist and two rebounds away from a triple double, earning him a place on the BBL’s team of the week.

Despite the game becoming a ball screen shoot out as both teams tired in the second half, Leeds were unable to recover from the first quarter, Flyers cruising to victory. 

The right time to play Newcastle?

Despite being top of the BBL Championship, Newcastle Eagles have lost both of their last two league games.


Flyers now look forward to hosting league leaders Newcastle Eagles at the SGS WISE Arena this Saturday. If Flyers can bring the energy they showcased in the first quarter vs Leeds and continue to harness balanced team production, they have every chance of getting the win and steering their play-off aspirations back on track.

Only a handful of tickets remain for Saturday's game vs Newcastle Eagles - buy tickets online here.

Written by Tom Hutchinson - Tom played for Bristol Flyers from its inception in National League division three and was part of the roster that won promotions to divisions two and one before injury forced his early retirement.

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