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Tough Start for Flyers U16's

To keep everyone up to date with the Flyers U16's, we will be doing a monthly report on the highs and lows of the season, though for sure this month, there won’t be any lows. It's been an extremely busy and successful opening to the season and October has seen the U16's play 7 games, 4 away from home and 3 at home.

The month started with a trip to the South Coast to face Solent Kestrels in the cup and the team were clearly nervous at this very noisy and intimidating venue and started slowly. We narrowly took a lead at the end of the 1st quarter 14-12. This was a lead we weren't to give up, at half time the score was 41-26, a good strong lead from which point Flyers took complete control scoring 63 points in the final 2 quarters with a winning margin of 61 points, 104-43. 3 players were given their first starts for Flyers in  competitive competition, Jack Batacan gave good numbers of 5 rebounds and 4 points, Stuart Blair also got 5 rebounds and 12 points and last of the new signings to play, Sam Chigbo, who was the top rebounder for Flyers with 8 rebounds and 4 points. From this Flyers went into their first home game of the season with confidence against Dorset Storm, which was completely blown out of the water with the players getting a reality check that not all games will be as easy as the Solent one as they went into half time 14 down, which left the supporters that had come to watch slightly subdued. After half time the boys showed their real spirit, led by an outstanding defence performance by Sam Chick and Fraser Sims and chipped away at Dorset's lead, with seconds to go went into the lead for the first time in the game to win 55-53.

The following day the boys had to do it all again with a home game at Bristol Met against Torbay in the second round of the cup, and the efforts of the previous day certainly showed at the beginning and Flyers struggled to break down a very stubborn Torbay defence, once again it wasn't until the second half of the game Bristol showed their dominance. They outscored Torbay 23-2 in the 3rd and eventually won 70-42. Sam Chigbo getting 11 rebounds, Casey Smith 15 points and it also saw another Flyer make his debut for Flyers after a return from injury that had kept him out at the beginning, Welsh International Seb Bunyan. This makes it 3 Welsh Internationals in the team this year, Seb, Jack and Cai.

Penryn was next for Flyers which was one of those great games where everyone in the squad got on the scoresheet and although the opposition gave us a spirited game, the Flyers depth was just too much for them and we posted our best score of the season winning 110-43. After this another double weekend lay ahead of the team. First up was Somerset, followed by South Dorset, both games challenged the Flyers. Somerset pushed Flyers to within 10 points, 20 points from Seb, 25 from Cai and 10 rebounds from Sam Chick were enough to keep Flyers in the lead for certainly their toughest game so far of the season.

Sunday saw them travel down to Dorchester. Once again, it was the Flyers defence that kept them on top with Yusuf coming into the squad for his first game and between him and Sam they kept Dorset’s main men under control in a very aggressive man to man defence. With Flyers short on big men it was Kadeem Walker who did a great job at the basket with 9 rebounds, a fantastic 5 blocks and 10 points to add to that at the other end. also Cai Thomas came up with his best numbers of the season so far. An impressive 31 points and 3 steals to help Flyers come away with a 70-59 win.                                                                                                                                                         

The last game in October was our 1st opportunity to play someone we had previously met, Torbay. The weeks training was focused on the scouting report from our first encounter. They play a tight 2-1-2-zone, leak out early on the fast break, attack the passing lanes at the top of the key. Flyers went with a very strong outside shooting team giving Nassim his first starting 5 spot of the season and Seb came in to add to that and Torbay had no answer to Flyers outside depth with Seb making 5 from 9 threes and the team as a whole making 9 from 20 shooting 45% for the game. Added to that, Kadeem Walker got the first double double of the year with 14 rebounds and 10 points. 4 players made it to double figures, Seb, Kadeem, Cai and Casey Smith.This was Flyers best performance so far and a 86-49 win away at Torbay was a great way to finish the month off with a 7-0 record.

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