Four-point period sees Force falter as Flyers improve Play-off prospects with home win…
Bristol Flyers 71 (9, 29, 49) (Streete 26, Bland 12, Perine 10)
Leeds Force 47 (13, 17, 32) (Hall 18, Mikulic 10, Anebo 6)
Bristol Flyers frustrated Leeds Force to claim a 71-47 victory at home on Friday, which could prove key in the battle for a place in the BBL Play-offs.
Both teams came into the game off the back of impressive victories last time out and with heightened hopes of extending their first season the top-flight.
But it was Andreas Kapoulas’ side who left with the points, and the all-important head-to-head tie-breaker, after beating Force for the second time this season, thanks to defiant defence.
There was little to pick between the sides in an even and cautious first period. But Matt Newby’s men were limited to just four points in the second quarter as Flyers forged ahead.
Force improved after half-time, but connecting on just 25 per cent of their shots from the field was never going to help their cause, and the visitors eventually fell to a third defeat in four.
Flyers have now won four games in a row and improve to 12-17, good enough for seventh spot in the standings.
Greg Streete thrilled the sell-out home crowd with 26 points and 14 rebounds as Alif Bland added 12 points and eight boards.
Force were paced by 18 points from Will Hall, who started on the bench.