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Report: Bristol Flyers 92-73 Solent Kestrels

Bristol Flyers ended their BBL Trophy campaign on a high with a 92-73 win against Team Solent Kestrels.

Coach Kapoulas’ side put an end to Solent’s’ unbeaten run dating back to February 2019 in all competitions, but the 36-point first leg deficit was too much to overcome, falling short 176-159 on aggregate.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers opened their scoring with Lewis Champion feeding Daniel Edozie in the paint for a lay-up. Kestrels came in with the momentum from the first leg, developing an early lead with paint scoring. Elliott Sentance extended the margin with a three-pointer. 

Kestrels three-point shooting kept them in control. With Champion in early foul trouble, Panos Mayindombe brought energy from the bench, knocking down a midrange jumpshot. Ian Smith hit his second triple of the quarter, but Flyers responded with a three-pointer of their own from Josh Rogers off a nice pass from Mayindombe. Kestrels were able to get multiple trips to the foul line to make it 20-24 at the break.

Mayindombe kept the offence humming in the second, hitting Delpeche for a huge dunk and then forcing a turnover and laying the ball in on the fast break. Thomas kept driving hard to the basket finishing a high arcing lay-up and then separating from his defender to score a fadeaway in the lane.

Kestrels strong three-point shooting won them back the lead. Flyers answered with Josh Rogers and Thomas both connecting from long range. Levi Bradley did his damage at the foul line, hitting two foul shots and then converting a technical free throw.

Another three from Rogers off an assist from Thomas put Flyers firmly ahead. A dunk from Trayvonn Wright stemmed the bleeding, but Flyers finished the first half ahead 40-37.

Bradley started the second half, completing a reverse lay-up despite a push from behind and knocking down the foul shot. He followed-up with a spot up three-pointer off an assist from Thomas. Thomas kept the dimes coming, finding Daniel Edozie in the paint for a hook shot and setting up a Bradley lay-up.

Bristol made a 7-0 run, forcing turnovers from Kestrels and converting at the other end. Bradley finished a two-handed dunk and Thomas drove and kicked to Edozie for a go-ahead three-pointer.

Marcus Delpeche hauled in his own miss and went back up to score, drawing a shooting foul and finishing a three-point play at the line. The third quarter finished with Bristol ahead 70-62.

Thomas had seen enough of the basket to dial in his distance shooting down the stretch, hitting a pair of threes early in the fourth. Raphell Thomas-Edwards hassled the offensive boards for two put back scores including a two-handed dunk. Thomas scored a final fast break lay-up to claim the 92-73 win.