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Leslee J. Smith & Bristol knocked out by Newcastle

Virgin Islander Leslee J. Smith and the Bristol Flyers failed to overcome a resilient Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals, losing 84-82 on Sunday April 30, 2017. Photo: Bristol Flyers/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite a gutsy performance from Virgin Islander Leslee J. Smith and his team mates, the Bristol Flyers failed to overcome a resilient Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals, losing 84-82 on Sunday April 30, 2017.

The Flyers pushed their hosts all the way, but the Eagles were victorious on the night, as the two point win gave them an aggregate victory, 181-176, over the two legs.

Hameed Ali led the way for Flyers, playing all 40 minutes with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Smith added 10 points, 5 blocks, an assist and a rebound.

The Flyers' spirited 30-point comeback in game one gave them a fighting chance to knock out the second seeded Eagles and  needed to win by at least four points to advance to the semi finals.

The first quarter ended with the Flyers achieving what they had to do and were up by five on the night and three in the tie at 21-26.

Tough battle

At the half, though the scoreline read 46-47 and as the contest entered into its final period, neither team had established control, but Newcastle led by two points on the night, giving them an aggregate five point lead with ten minutes remaining.

Bristol then took a one point lead, and closed the aggregate score to just two.

Bristol put up a fantastic defensive possession forcing a 24-second shot clock violation, but were unable to score on their next attempt and Eagles punished them with an easy lay-up inside.

Due to the aggregate score, Bristol had to foul to speed up Newcastle's possession. Ultimately, Eagles closed the game out from the line and advanced to the semi finals, 84-82 and 181-176 on aggregate.

The final buzzer sounded to signify the end of the game and with it the end of Bristol's season. Like so many other teams this season, they failed to beat Eagles in Newcastle.

6 Responses to “Leslee J. Smith & Bristol knocked out by Newcastle”

  • Just saying (01/05/2017, 16:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Better luck next time big smith
  • Balleros (01/05/2017, 17:52) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep working bro...every champion was once a contender that refused to give up. With hard work and dedication, your turn will come. Trust me on that.
    • @ Balleros (01/05/2017, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Balleros you must use wisdom. The days of getting pick in the NBA for hard work are long gone, it's about the right connections and coach
      • You must shut up (02/05/2017, 06:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        You must shut up. You don't know if he had the right connections or coach.
      • Balleros (02/05/2017, 07:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        @@Balleros: where did you see NBA in any of those sentences I mentioned in my post. It's obvious that reading and comprehending is not your strong point and you probably also need your eyes checked. Oh and just to let you know, the NBA is not the only league in the world where a basketball player can earn a living, that's what y'all crab in the barrel mentality leads y'all to believe. Basketball is a global sport that's played i through out the world, so just because Mr Smith didn't make it to the NBA it doesn't mean his talents are wasted or he can't earn a living doing what he loves in a foreign country. I suggest you just wish him well and keep it moving and stop being sour. It's people like you are the reason why our kids these days don't have the confidence in themselves to reach their full potential on this planet, the fact that you don't allow them to spread their wings and fly. Just cause you can't do something doesn't mean others can't accomplish great things in life.
  • l (01/05/2017, 18:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    1 rebound??

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