Storm Downs Unhappy Flyers
Flyers 71 – 76 Bristol Storm
Yet again the Flyers failed to take an away victory which was theirs for the taking. Up to half time the Flyers appeared to be cruising to a safe victory over the depleted Bristol Storm.
A ten point margin had been established and Bristol Storm appeared to have little response to the Flyers controlled play. However after the half time break the Flyers ,for a short period, changed to a zone defence and unintentionally gave the Storm Shooters a chance, in a brief period the Storm sank four baskets and closed the game to within 4 points of the Flyers lead. This gave the Storm the incentive they needed and they continued the pressure up to the end of the third quarter slashing the Flyers lead to just 1 point.
Desperation appeared to set in for the Flyer at the start of the fourth quarter, whilst returning to a man to man defence, the Storm continued their onslaught with five further baskets before the Flyers could respond, by which time the Storm had a 6 point lead.
The Flyers attempted to close the lead but the storm responded like for like and ran out 5 point victors 76:71.
Flyers Coach Knode had difficulty in taking any positives from the game feeling that the squad were lethargic and after the first half and where beaten by a fitter squad. However the usual players made their make on the game for the Flyers with Devon James being their MVP with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals. Other double figure scorers where Damina Knode, Jack Price and Dan Marshall with 16,11 & 10 points respectively. Dan Marshall also claiming 9 rebounds and 4 steals.
The result leaves the Flyers sixth in the league with a 3w-4l record. Their next game being a long distance away game to the Welsh Valleys to take on unbeaten RCT Gladiators.
Squad - D Knode (player coach),D Marshall, J Price, R Johnson R Green A Bayliss(capt) T Peters, D James, C Mathema