Report: Bristol Flyers 66-75 London Lions
Friday, February 14th 2020
Flyers battled hard but were unable to execute down the stretch against the visiting London Lions.
Levi Bradley led all scorers with a season-high 28 points, adding seven rebounds and two assists.
Bristol got off to a flying start with Lewis Champion knocking down the go-ahead three-pointer off a dime from Gentrey Thomas on their first possession. Thomas kept the ball movement going, finding Daniel Edozie in the paint for a dunk.
Edozie made his presence at the rim felt on the other end, swatting away a lay-up attempt from London. Levi Bradley got hot early, putting back a wayward shot and then spotting up for a three.
Lions were able to battle back into the game with their veterans Justin Robinson and Brandon Peel leading the way. As Bradley went to the bench, Bristol’s scoring slowed down. Lions new addition Ed Lucas rattled off a rapid eight points to put the visitors up 21-27 at the break.
Flyers swung the momentum back into their favour in the second quarter. Champion hit Delpeche with a pocket pass for a one-handed dunk. Bradley picked up where he left off, swiftly amassing 10 more points by knocking tot total 25 first-half points.
Lions frontcourt of Alioune Tew and Peel troubled the Flyers late in the quarter and Lions were able to tie it up 42-42 at half-time.
Thomas got going in the third quarter, splashing a three in transition and then sinking a step back triple. Foul trouble played a major factor for Flyers and Lions were able to get points at the line early and often.
Bench production from Sam Toluwase allowed Lions to build up a lead as the quarter wound down. Toluwase was fouled on a three-point attempt in the dying seconds and cemented Lions’ lead at 55-63 to close the quarter.
An early Andre Lockhart triple forced a timeout from Coach Kapoulas to prevent the lead getting out of control. Bristol responded well, getting back to what was working early with Champion finding Bradley.
Huge three-pointers from Champion and Raphell Thomas-Edwards cut the lead. Flyers looked poised for a come back as Bradley dropped off the ball to Marcus Delpeche for a score through contact. Delpeche sank the resulting free throw to make it a one point game with over four minutes remaining.
Flyers offence ran out of steam and London held them scoreless down the stretch to claim a 66-75 victory.
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