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Posted Monday, November 5th 2018

We controlled the controllables - Kapoulas

Andreas Kapoulas heaped praise on his Bristol Flyers side following their fifth straight win in the British Basketball League.

The Flyers produced an outstanding display against BBL powerhouse Newcastle Eagles to hand them their second defeat of the weekend, led by a season-high 27 points from Fred Thomas to go along with eight rebounds.

The result marks Bristol’s best-ever start to a BBL campaign, who currently sit second in the league with a record of 5-1.

“It was a big time performance against a big time programme,” Kapoulas told Bristol Flyers TV.

"Newcastle are a good defensive team and we knew they would give us a lot of pressure.

“We recognised when to be aggressive and when to be composed and I thought we did that very well in large spells of the game.

"We played with pace, we created open shots and when we do that, good things happen for us.”
Fred Thomas scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half
Justin Gray marked his return from injury with 13 points from the bench to lift Coach K’s side to an 11 point lead at the end of the first quarter - a lead they would hold until the end of the game.

A season-high 16 rebounds from Daniel Edozie helped Flyers dominate the battle of the boards, collecting 11 more rebounds than their opponents and converting double the amount of second chance points. 

With no game this weekend, the Flyers now face two weeks of preparation before facing the defending BBL Champions, Leicester Riders on Friday, November 16th.
“We need to bring the same focus and intensity into that game, because that’s what makes great teams,” added Kapoulas.

"Teams like Leicester and Newcastle have been able to have that consistency over the years, and that’s the next challenge for us.

"We don’t have a game this weekend, which is a shame because we want to keep our momentum going. But at the same time it will give us a chance to work on things and get better, that’s a big thing for us, just getting better every day."

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