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Report: Worcester Wolves 87-71 Bristol Flyers

It was role reversal as Wolves handed Flyers a big defeat on the road following from Flyers win over Worcester on Saturday.


What happened

It was a sluggish start from the Flyers, exemplified by a poor inbound pass from Adam Weary being picked off by Wolves' Elvisi Dusha who dished it to Alejandro Navajas to finish on the break and put the home side 15-5 up halfway through the first quarter.

Wolves' dominance continued throughout the first quarter as an ineffective offensive display combined with a strong shooting performance by Worcester contributed to a scoreline of 30-14 at the end of the opening period.

Flyers came out strong in the second quarter, Brandon Boggs getting the dunk after Panos Mayindombe's effort came off the backboard, before Boggs converted one of two free throws and then proceeded to get Flyers' first three of the night.

Mayindombe got a three of his own shortly after as Flyers closed the gap to 34-23.  Flyers were getting better on offence but were causing their own downfall at the other end of the court, Mike Vigor having his pocket picked under his own basket before Wolves got a three pointer to again extend their lead 41-23.

Flyers continued to work at the Wolves' lead, but the home side were comfortable in the closing stages of the half, maintaining a fifteen point margin 47-32.

Coach K's men showed more determination in defence early on in the third quarter, Daniel Edozie with a huge block before snaffling up a rebound. Vigor then turned pickpocket, stealing the ball and attempting to set up Boggs for an audacious alleyoop attempt which didn't quite come off.

Flyers kept inching closer to Wolves, but however close they got, another Worcester three seemed to be right around the corner, the highlight being an Ashton Khan effort from deep downtown. 

Despite the barrage of threes from the home side, Flyers kept themselves just about in the game, down by 18 as the third ended 69-51.

Some of the never-say-die spirit that the away side displayed last season was evident in the opening stages of the fourth quarter as, helped by a big three from Boggs, they cut Wolves' lead to ten points with five minutes to play.

Weary made two great steals, breaking and converting the first before seemingly being fouled on the second, not called by the referee.

A big finish looked to be on the cards but Dallin Bachynski had other ideas, making the And-1 play and then emphatically making the alleyoop from Navajas' great pass. There was to be no late salvo from Flyers, Wolves seeing out the final minute comfortably, 87-71.

Next up for Flyers is a trip to the O2 Arena this Sunday as Coach K's men take part in the inaugural BBL All-Stars Championship, tickets and transport still available.

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