Scorchers return to the home of Bristol Flyers again after stealing a one point victory in the last time they took a trip down to the South West.
Still without Americans Davis Jr and Lamar Hamrick, Scorchers stepped on the floor shorthanded but gutless with a seven man rotation.
The first quarter left no disappointed in action, from the tip Legend Robertin stuffs a two hand dunk off a feed from Scorcher captain Tayo Ogedengbe.
Scorchers lead early by 8 points after McLemore and Dang-Akodo found range from deep in the opening minutes. Bristol found their feet after Walker replied with a 3 of his own.
Bristol without Simmons on the court in the first quarter saw Scorchers hunt the paint sharing the ball and finding Jamison and Robertin inside for easy finishes to take a 25 – 20 lead.
Bristol were quick to adjust in the second quarter with Delpeche catching fire playing above the rim as Scorchers struggled to slow him down as he posted 17 points at the half. McLemore feeling confident with 13 points of his own but Flyers 11 second chances points placed them in front to finish the opening 20 minutes.
After a slow start to the third quarter Jules Dang-Akodo dug deep on defence with a couple of steals leading to transition scores making it a 6 point game with 5 minutes to go in the quarter.
Scorcher suffered their biggest blow as Legend Robertin attempted to contest Delpeche in the air on what was a game changing dunk for the Flyers. An unfortunate follow through resulted in Robertin taking impact to the head where he had to exit the court due to a deep cut above the eye.
Heading into the final quarter down only 11 points at 48 – 59, the away side lost their rim protection without Robertin on the floor. McLemore tried to get the team going offensively as he finished with 21 points on the night but it wasn’t enough as Scorchers tired legs allowed the Flyers to push a 14 point lead with 4 minutes to go.
Coach Creon pushed the team to make a last minute run but it but came up short as the Scorchers took a 71 – 80 defeat to the Flyers.