16 Mar 2019: Flyers 80-73 Scorchers

Daniel Edozie leads Bristol Flyers past Surrey Scorchers and to a share of a Play-off spot.

BBL Championship

Bristol Flyers 80-73 Surrey Scorchers (21-17, 46-31, 66-53)

Bristol Flyers avenged last week’s defeat to Surrey Scorchers with an 80-73 win for a first home victory over Scorchers in six attempts over the last four years.

It sees Bristol take a share of a Play-off spot as they draw level with Manchester Giants in eighth place on a 10-12 record.

Leading scorers – Daniel Edozie 19, Fred Thomas 16, Justin Gray 14 (Flyers); Quincy Taylor 20, Morakinyo Williams 16, Tayo Ogedengbe 15 (Scorchers)

Turning point – Flyers led by as many as 19 after a dominant second quarter in which Thomas hit back-to-back three-pointers as they won the ten minutes by 25-14. But Scorchers chipped away and were within three when Ogedengbe made a triple inside the final minute, only for a technical foul on the Surrey bench and an unsportsmanlike foul to result in made free-throws for the hosts before Gray emphatically dunked to end the game from the resulting possession.

Key stat – In a good team performance, Bristol handed out an amazing 28 assists on 32 made field goals, compared to just 12 assists for Scorchers, led by point guard Jalan McCloud who had 11 of those.

Game hero(es) – Daniel Edozie came from the bench to post a big double-double of 19 points, on 80% shooting, and 12 rebounds for Flyers; while Fred Thomas had a double-double of his own with 16 points and 10 boards.

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