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Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers

Bristol Flyers exacted revenge for last weekend’s defeat with a commanding performance at the SGS WISE Arena.

Bristol Flyers exacted revenge for last weekend’s defeat with a commanding performance at the SGS WISE Arena.

It was a tough first-half for the Scorchers, as Flyers raced ahead to forge a 46-31 lead at the break. The hosts looked comfortable in hitting their three-point shot to overcome the Scorchers’ strong zonal defence.

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After half-time, the Scorchers switched to a tough man-to-man defence and began to eat into the Flyers lead. Morakinyo Williams had top-scored for the Scorchers in the first-half with 10 points, and opened up the third quarter with a trademark mid-range shot.

Quincy Taylor started the comeback, hitting his free-throws as the Scorchers ate into a 16-point deficit, and were further boosted by QT’s renewed three-point accuracy. With five minutes remaining in the game, the Flyers’ lead was down to 8, and Williams – who finished on 20-points and 4 assists – was on fire with his mid-range shooting to give the Bristol defence a rough ride.

Quincy and Tayo Ogedengbe combined to further reduce the arrears, and soon Tayo hit a particularly timely three-pointer to halve the deficit, having at one point been 20-points back.

It was too little, too late, though, and Flyers saw the game out with a slam dunk which sealed a seven-point victory.

Captain Tayo Ogedengbe led from the front with 33 points to inspire the Scorchers to a fifth victory of the season.

Captain Tayo Ogedengbe led from the front with 33 points to inspire the Scorchers to a fifth victory of the season.

His 18 Q1 points proved decisive in building an early lead which allowed the visitors to withstand several strong comebacks by the Flyers.

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Bristol struggled from the free-throw line for much of the first-half as the Scorchers initially build a ten-point gap, with Tayo himself outscoring the entire Flyers line-up in Q1. Despite an impressively strong Scorchers defensive display, Flyers were resurgent in Q2 and it needed Quincy Taylor to go 2/2 from the line with the final action of the half to give the Scorchers a three-point lead at the half, 42-45.

Flyers, though, proved a hard habit to break. Taylor’s two free-throws briefly extended the Scorchers lead to six but again it was only Caylin Raftopolous’s three from the corner which preserved the advantage, 64-67, at the end of Q3.

Ogedengbe made a perfect carbon copy to begin Q4 but when Anthony Elechi departed following his fifth foul in the closing stages the deficit was reduced to 2 points. Huge three points from Wellian and Ogedengbe gave the Scorchers breathing space and despite a protracted final few seconds, as the Flyers committed fouls to preserve the clock, the visitors were able to seal a deserved victory.

Scorchers kicked off their double-header weekend with a crucial 100-90 win on the road against the Bristol Flyers to edge closer to the BBL Play Offs in April.

Scorchers kicked off their double-header weekend with a crucial 100-90 win on the road against the Bristol Flyers to edge closer to the BBL Play Offs in April.

Some stellar defence from Creon Raftopoulos’ side held off the Flyers in the second half, preventing Bristol from forcing a comeback.

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The Flyers were unable to contain Tony Hicks who dominated with 31 points, eight assists and five steals as he carried the away side to victory. Captain Tayo Ogedengbe added 18 against Team England Coach Andreas Kapoulas.

The game started evenly with both sides starting the game aggressively. Brandon Boggs took charge for Bristol, but was quickly cancelled out by Hicks who poured in seven points and four assists in the first period.

A buzzer-beating three at the end of the quarter for Bristol was the only separation between the sides after ten minutes.

Scorchers bounced back in the second quarter as Hicks continued to plug away at the Flyers with a further six points and two assists.

Josh Steel also added seven points off the bench as Scorchers headed into halftime with a 48-44 lead.

They picked up where they left off in the second half as Hicks took command on the offensive end.

His tally for the night moved to 22 points while Tayo Ogedengbe drained three trebles to cancel out a resilient effort from Bristol.

Scorchers held firm down the stretch to see off Bristol, with Tayo taking flight with an alley-oop to silence the home crowd.

Hicks added nine more points to his night, finishing with 31.

The win levelled the season series at 1-1 and moved Scorchers two wins above Bristol in the BBL Championship standings.

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