Flyers Take the Stealers
Oxford Stealers 55 – 61 Flyers
Player Coach Knode sent the Flyers to Oxford with the simple instruction – WIN- and that they did in a game which the Flyers never relinquished the lead.
A foot injury picked up a couple of games previously was actually a fracture which will stop Knode from taking to the court for the remainder of the season. Knodes absence left a hole in the shooting resources of the squad , the squad as a whole stepped up and filled the gap.
From the tip Devon James sunk a couple of baskets grabbing the initial lead and whilst the Stealers replied with an early three pointer for the first quarter the Stealers were restricted in the scoring by the intensive and effective Flyers defence.
Big Man Jack Price got into his comfort zone and made the area under the basket his territory, controlling the defensive rebounds and grasping offensive chances to sink baskets
Flyers established a 19-9 lead by the first break , which the Stealers narrowed to a three point lead for the Flyers at the half.BY the last break the Flyers extended their lead to 9points 44-35. In the final quarter the Stealers closed to 6 points with 2 minutes to go. In a significant play the Flyers solid defence caused the Stealers to turn over the ball with a 24 second shot clock violation with a minute to go. A turnover by Dan Marshall and unsportsmanlike foul sent the Stealers to the free throw line to sink 2 shots and close the lead to 4. Dan Marshall then stole the ball sunk a two pointer on a fast break with 15 seconds to go,` followed by Devon James making 2 three throws and the game was the Flyers.
Coach Bayliss was ecstatic with the squads performance, all of whom had contributed. Bench players Rhys Johnson came off the bench and sank two 3 pointers, Craig Mathema gave some massive hustle and commitment, Tom Peters contributed with 5 points. The starting five all provided a solid base to the game
MVP for the game was Devon James with 21 points and 12 rebounds closely followed by Jack Price with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Next high scorer was point guard Dan Marshall with 8 points 4 rebounds 3 assists and 5 steals.
With two home games left in the season ,hosting Southampton University and Bristol Storm, the Flyers are looking for a final pair of victories for claim their position in the top half of the table.
Squad - A Bayliss (player coach)(7pts, 3rbds),D Marshall(capt) (8pts, 4rbds) , J Price(10pts, 18rbds), R Johnson(6pts, 4rbds), T Peters(4pts, 1rbds), D James(21pts, 12rbds), C Mathema(1pts, 2rbds), J Nanton Hamel(1rbds), R Green(2pts, 4rbds)