Report: Bristol Flyers 67-75 Glasgow Rocks

first_imgDespite a monster 19 points 15 rebound performance from Daniel Edozie, Flyers lost to the visiting Glasgow Rocks 67-75.Fresh off a home win against the Sheffield Sharks, Bristol Flyers hosted the fifth-placed Glasgow Rocks at the SGS WISE Arena. With six games remaining in a jam-packed month, Flyers were hoping to secure back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season. The ball went up for the opening possession and Glasgow went straight to work, driving and dishing for an open three-pointer. Bristol came back with intent, but failed to score, turning the ball over, allowing Rocks to get into the open floor for the easy layup. Flyers just could not buy a bucket, going for almost six minutes without a score.Greg Streete broke the Flyers’ duck, splitting the defence and drawing the foul, and netting both free throws. Both teams shot poorly, and by the end of a defensive first quarter, Bristol were trailing 6-10.Glasgow came into the second posting up Andre Stephens for a two, but Cardell McFarland responded with a running tear drop lay up in the lane. The visiting Rocks stepped it up defensively, denying the passing lanes. The defence caused Flyers to take up a lot of the shot clock to get to their spots, ultimately rushing their offence. Recognising the emphasis on the passing lanes, McFarland drove hard to the basket converting on an and-1.Both squads continued to shoot a low percentage from the field. Extra possessions were key and rebounds became vital, with Edozie grabbing nine rebounds in the first half alone. Despite the extra possessions, Bristol allowed Glasgow to put together a quick run to close the half 23-36. Trailing by 13 to start the second half, Bristol went aggressively into the post, getting production from Edozie. The big man gobbled up another rebound and completed a three-point-play. Though Flyers attacked the hoop from the post, Rocks stretched the floor with long jumpers. Notably Glasgow centre Kieron Archara, showing his range with a deep three-pointer. But Edozie would answer again, completing another and-1, scoring in transition, then getting back quickly to block the next Glasgow shot.  The heroics inside led Bristol back into the game, only trailing 52-57 going into the fourth. Flyers came into the fourth quarter with energy, Edozie again snatching a rebound out of the air and stuffing it with a slam dunk. The crowd woke up with a roar. Flyers bench waving their arms, beckoning the crowd after every score.Rocks responded by turning up the heat defensively, goading Flyers into isolation plays. Timely scores and tough defence enabled Glasgow to keep their slender lead. In the final moments of the game, Tyrone Lee had a chance to close the deficit to just three points but Lee missed a heavily contested lay up. In the clutch, Glasgow back up the floor and scored a three-pointer that effectively sealed Bristol’s fate.  The comeback had fallen short, the buzzer sounded and the game finished 67-75.last_img read more

Freeze tells ESPN he still talks to MSU’s Chris Jones

first_imgMississippi coach Hugh Freeze speaks to the media at the SEC Media Days Thursday in Hoover, Alabama.Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze speaks to the media at the SEC Media Days Thursday in Hoover, Alabama.OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said during his run through ESPN’s annual “Car Wash,” which brings all 14 Southeastern Conference coaches to its Bristol, Connecticut studios, that Chris Jones was the recruit that got away.That’s not really a surprise, considering Jones was a five-star, in-state prospect. Ole Miss also made a hard last-second charge to try to pry Jones away from Mississippi State, which resulted in one of the more dramatic recruiting finishes the state has seen in a very long time. But what may shock some is that Freeze apparently still talks to MSU’s defensive tackle. Freeze told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the two still chat “on the phone about life.” It wasn’t Freeze’s only interesting comments from Monday. He told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that he’d be in favor of getting rid of National Signing Day completely. Instead, Freeze says he’d prefer if a prospect could sign letters of intent right when they committed. It certainly could have helped the Rebels last year. Four-star linebacker Leo Lewis and offensive tackle Drew Richmond both backed out of their commitment to Ole Miss just days before they could officially put pen to paper. Here are some of the other more interesting tidbits from Freeze during his time running around the hallways at ESPN: Hugh Freeze said four juniors have school-paid insurance policies worth up to $7.5 million— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015 Hugh Freeze if he could change @CFBPlayoff: “Let’s only play 11 games, no league title game %26 have 8 playoff teams”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 20, 2015 Hugh Freeze said new Mizzou DC Barry Odom and TCUs Gary Patterson playcallers he respects most. Instincts for right calls at right time.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015center_img Hugh Freeze said he would start all 3 Ohio St QBs on first snap of 1st gm and play each for a quarter— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015last_img read more