Cheshire Phoenix 75 – 87 Bristol Flyers


Cheshire Phoenix 75 – 87 Bristol Flyers

by Vlad Ionasc

Cheshire Phoenix dropped an important game against the Bristol Flyers, following a poor shooting night from the hosts.

The Nix took better care of the ball than in their previous two games but were unable to hit anything all night. It was a complete contrast of Friday’s game against the Riders as the hosts shot a mediocre 39% on the night, while they allowed their opponents to hit 51% of their shots.

The Flyers started the game on the front foot as they embarked on an early 8-2 run. Phoenix made just two of their first 10 shots and allowed the visitors to gain a seven-point lead half-way through the first quarter. The Flyers dominated the rest of the quarter even after a time-out was called by Ben Thomas. The Nix shot a mediocre 25% FG in the first period of play, they were seriously out-rebounded by the visitors and found themselves down 24-14 to start the second quarter.

The Nix started the second period of play poorly, the home side went scoreless until the 5:37 mark, when Momcilo Latinovic hit his first three-pointer of the game. Cilo’s shot gave the Nix a life-line, they quickly went on a 9-3 run following the forward’s make. The Nix forced the Flyers into 11 turnovers and grabbed five offensive rebounds in the first half, the problem for Ben Thomas’ side was that they shot a poor 33% FG while their opponents were much more accurate, at 54%. The home side were unable to cut into Bristol’s lead, they found themselves down 33 – 43 after the first half.

The Nix were unable to get anything to go in the third, they allowed Bristol plenty of second chance opportunities and continued to miss their shots. C.J Gettys had a decent quarter as he rebounded well and scored six points, however the Phoenix did not click as a team. Justin Gray led the visitors in points scored by the end of the third, with 16 on 6-11 shooting. The Flyers increased their lead to 14 by the end of the quarter.

The Nix made shots at a higher percentage in the fourth period of play, however the Flyers answered back every time. Phoenix found themselves down 17 with just five minutes left to play. A Louis Sayers three-pointer paired with a vicious dunk by Dii-Jon Allen-Jordan looked to have energised the Nix during the last few minutes of the game, however it was a case of too little, too late from the home side. The Flyers remained resilient and came out victorious, 87-75.

Key Team Stat: 19 forced turnovers. The Nix were successful in forcing their opponents into mistakes. However their poor shooting let them down. Only 20 points off of 19 turnovers were not enough for the home side.

The Nix will look to bounce back from the defeat when they welcome the Leicester Riders to the Cheshire Oaks Arena, on the 7th April.

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