Report: Plymouth Raiders 69-75 Bristol Flyers
Saturday, December 28th 2019
Bristol Flyers held off a late comeback from Plymouth Raiders to pick up their second league win of the season.
Fred Thomas made a statement start for Flyers with a steal and fast break dunk. With only Hassan finding the basket for Plymouth, the Flyers built up an early lead with both Raphell Thomas-Edwards and Gentrey Thomas putting points on the board.
Flyers went on a 9-0 run sparked by Gentrey Thomas driving to the basket and then soaring in for a put-back dunk. Chris Taylor capped off the run with a three-pointer before Hassan finished the quarter with a late score for the home team to make it 13-25.
Raiders' new addition Sam Daniels was able to get to the foul line in the second, but Jordan Nicholls responded with an incisive drive and a quick finger roll finish. The Raiders' defence was unable to protect the paint with a lay-up from Thomas-Edwards and a huge dunk from Delpeche. Delpeche got inside position again to draw a shooting foul and sank both free-throws to make it 16-35.
Raiders looked to the Wilcher-Hassan combination to get much-needed scores. An 8-0 run for Plymouth forced a Flyers timeout, but threes from Fred Thomas and Thomas-Edwards helped protect the lead as half-time neared.
Edozie was forced to leave the floor with an injury, seeing him out for the rest of the game. Wilcher continued to trouble the Flyers with a late three of his own making it 33-42 at half-time.
Outside scoring kept the momentum with Plymouth early in the third, with both Kostas Jonuska and Denzel Ubiaro connecting from beyond the arc. Fred Thomas kept the points piling up with a second chance score and a turnaround jumper on the baseline.
Wilcher was able to score at the foul line and then hit a three-pointer to level the game at 48 posts apiece. A Flyers timeout saw Coach Kapoulas revert to what was working earlier in the game. Improved defence saw Flyers rebuild their lead behind paint scoring from Delpeche, Levi Bradley and Fred Thomas.
A pair of charges drawn by Lewis Champion were key in limiting offensive opportunities for Plymouth. A highlight dunk in transition from Delpeche was the last score of the quarter for Flyers, finishing with a 55-59 lead.
Flyers struggled to maintain possession and a series of turnovers allowed Plymouth to work their way back into the game. Fred Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a put back lay-up through contact, completing a three-point play at the line.
A strong post move from Levi Bradley settled the team, but Raiders responded with a flurry of scoring. Sam Daniels hit a triple and Ron Mvouika drove in for another three-point play to give Plymouth their first lead of the game. Flyers locked in on defence and battled to get successive trips to the foul line. Poor free throw shooting left the door open for Plymouth, but nevertheless with two points from six attempts, the Flyers retook the lead.
Gentrey Thomas broke down the Raiders' defence with a baseline drive for a reverse lay-up. Flyers dug in for another stop and Delpeche sprinted down court for a high-flying one handed dunk forcing a Raiders timeout with the momentum firmly back in Flyers control. Further trips to the foul line allowed Flyers to seal the victory, closing out the game 69-75.
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