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Women’s Report: Bristol Flyers 60-58 Reading Rockets

It looked as though the Flyers would not be getting retribution against the Reading Rockets, but all of that changed in the final moments of the game.

They were seeking revenge against their opponents at the weekend, as the Rockets denied them a place in last season’s playoff final. However, the Flyers had to fight for the win against a speedy and highly physical team.


WHAT HAPPENED

Leaving gaps open in their defence, the Flyers allowed Reading to take an early lead, but Mai Zilbeti provided the spark from the home bench and late shots from EG Sylva and Hannah Wallace saw the Flyers go from six down to end the quarter level at 18 points apiece.

Wallace opened the second quarter with a three and finding even more scoring chances, she gave the Flyers their first lead of the game. Candela Hermida Nunez gave the lead back to the visitors soon after. 

Image Credit - B. East Photography

With neither team allowing any easy looks at basket, there was a long scoring drought, at the end of the which – at the final buzzer – the Rockets went to the locker room ahead by four.

The Flyers saw a slow start to the third quarter, their attempts to build momentum halted by Reading’s defence and poor shot selection. 

However as time in the third ticked down, Zilbeti made it a one-point game and after the Rockets stretched their lead out to three, Erin Hunter prevented any further damage in the period with a chase down block.

Image Credit - B. East Photography

Leading by three going into the fourth, Reading opened the scoring in what would be a scrappy quarter. Their outside shooting – doubling the Flyers’ total three pointers - saw them go in front by 10 points, but Flyers would not go down without a fight.

After cutting the deficit, an and-one layup from Leila Jepson tied the scores ahead of the final stretch, only for Reading’s Carmen Segura Moreno put them up by two with a minute to go. 

Zilbeti followed a late layup with another in quick succession - the last of her 21 points, quickly turning the whole game around. On Reading’s final possession, Fiona Fox made a steal and held on to the ball to see out the incredible comeback for the Flyers, winning the game by two points at the death.

The Flyers’ next game will be away to Southwark Pride on October 26th and they can next be seen at WISE on November 2nd against Anglia Ruskin University.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Written by Jack Ford. Jack has been volunteering with Bristol Flyers writing game reports on Flyers Women for the website and gameday programme.