Report: Bristol Flyers 78-70 Worcester Wolves
Saturday, September 16th 2017
Bristol Flyers secured a 78-70 victory over Worcester Wolves thanks in no small part to an outstanding all round performance from Rohdnell Goodwin, with 28 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
Bristol opened the game with Goodwin challenging the visitors' defence and taking the ball straight to the cup for the lay-up. Goodwin, on his way to six first quarter points, provided some efficient offence by shooting 75% in the opening period.
Worcester retaliated with two quick buckets; a three-pointer by Brandon Parrish and finger roll by Ashton Kahn. Although Bristol captain Mike Vigor stroked a three of his own to stop the bleeding, Wolves continued to attack efficiently and shot 50% from the field for the quarter.
Worcester piled on the offensive pressure by moving the ball and making Flyers' defence work. Both squads traded baskets towards the end of the quarter and Brandon Boggs tied the game at 21 apiece with a converted And-1.
The early stages of the second quarter was tightly contested, as Wolves found Elvisi Dusha for the short triple in the corner but this was matched by a couple of Vigor free-throws and a lay-up of his own.
Worcester looked to step up their defence by deploying a full court press, though Flyers were quick to break it and find the open Boggs for the power dunk. Goodwin returned to the game and put up a one man barrage; racking up six more points, an assist and a rebound within a minute of play.
Bristol got Wolves' defence in foul trouble quickly and exploited the penalty by shooting nine free throws in the half. Flyers then enjoyed their best stretch of offence in the game, swift passes and clever cuts to open up the Wolves' defence for high percentage shots.
Leslee Smith, who did not miss in the first half, added to the Bristol run with a jumper from the foul line. Despite their success on the offensive end, Flyers could not clamp down on defence and allowed the visitors' big man Dallin Bachynski to score nine points on 100% shooting for the half. Worcester stayed within striking distance at the half 46-42.
Goodwin picked up where he left off in the third by splashing a triple from three point land, to add to the home team's lead. Bristol continued to struggle defensively.
Worcester whipped the ball around stretching Flyers' defence, allowing the visitors to chip away at the deficit. Wolves' patient offence enabled them to draw contact and get into the penalty within the first five minutes of the third.
Every foul thereafter put the visitors to the free-throw line, which forced Flyers to be even more tentative on the defensive end and Wolves were able to keep it close as a result 59-52.
The fourth quarter started with Panos Mayindombe driving into the lane, taking contact and heading to the line, where he connected on one of two free-throws.
On the following possession, Flyers took a double digit lead with Goodwin scoring inside. For the majority of the final period Bristol looked in control of the contest, but Wolves put together a late charge that cut Flyers' lead to just two points.
The visitors unleashed an offensive flurry of four quick points from Trayvon Palmer, a three-pointer from Alejandro Navas and a coast to coast lay-up by Kahn.
Worcester were threatening to take the lead, but it was Goodwin who pushed Bristol's advantage back to double digits with eight straight points of his own; two free-throws and two deep three-pointers. Flyers re-asserted their dominance and saw the game out to beat the Wolves 78-70.