Flyers Put Cavaliers to the Sword
Woking Blackhawk Flyers 80:70 Thames Valley Cavaliers
With only three games to go, each one is vital in keeping the Flyers prospects of progressing to the play-offs alive.
Thames Valley Cavaliers had only suffered a single defeat throughout the season, the Flyers were relishing the chance to inflict a second defeat – and they were not to be denied.
The opening minutes of the game both sides traded baskets until the score was 5 each when the Flyers took control and went on a 12 point run which the Cavaliers did not respond to, the score widen to 17:5.
Whilst the Cavaliers did close the margin the Flyers had a 6 point margin at the first break.
The second quarter became a close fought contest with the Flyers relinquishing their lead by the half break with a two-point deficit 39:41. There was a crucial thirty seconds where hustler Dan Marshall rolled his ankle and big man Jim Grainger ‘tweeked’ his knee suddenly the bench did not seem so strong. The Flyers maintained their confidence and round out this period.
Crusaders Repelled by the Flyers
Woking Blackhawk Flyers 111:48 Kent Crusaders
For the First home game of the year the Flyers hosted Kent Crusaders and they were not ready to make the same mistakes as in their first meeting, then the young legs and effectively played front court press had caught the Flyers out.
From the tip the Flyers controlled the game, rapidly taking a 7:0 lead with point guard Tomas Politi taking a pivotal and inspirational role in coordinating the attack from the starting five. Oscar Wilkins claimed the first point from the free throw line and power forward Jack Price rapidly sank two baskets in succession. By the end of the first quarter the Crusaders had been limited to 7 points whilst the Flyers has stacked up an impressive 23.
Free-throw Shoot-Out Clinches Extra Time Victory for Flyers
Southampton Sharks 92:93 Woking Blackhawk Flyers
Watching the game was not a relaxing experience. Tied at the first break 15:15, Flyers leading by 7 at the half 29:36 and by just 1 at the third break 62:63.
At the end of the fourth period the game appeared won by the Flyers
Costas Wins BBC Surrey Outstanding Service to Sport Award
Congratulations to Coach Costas who was awarded the BBC Surrey Outstanding Service to Sport Award at the Surrey Active Sports Awards ceremony held at the HG Wells Suite on Tuesday 2nd December.
Costas was selected from a 'shortlist' of 10. He was nominated after winning the Woking award at a ceremony in October.
A full list of the Award Winners can be seen by clicking here
Woking Blackhawk Flyers 62:70 Thames Valley Cavaliers
Flyers Push The Cavaliers all the Way
The Flyers hosted the undefeated league leaders Thames Valley Cavaliers in their Basketball England Development League fixture at Woking College on Saturday. A clash they were looking forward too with relish.
The first quarter did not go as planned, whilst for the first few minutes the lead bounced between the two sides, in the few minutes before the first break the Cavaliers went on a run a opened up a 9 point lead winning the quarter 21:12.
The lead was maintained in the first part of the second quarter at which point the Flyers went on their own run and closed the margin to 3. With the Flyers in the ascendency the Cavaliers captain had an awkward fall under their home basket which resulted in a displace kneecap requiring transport to hospital for medical assistance.
Woking Blackhawk Flyers 65:53 Folkestone Saint
Time for a Win!
A fortnights break with some good training sessions under their belt, Andre Bayliss returning from injury and new signing Rhys Johnson the bench, the Flyers confidence had been rebuilt after their first three losses of the season in the league.
Coach Knode had opted for a new starting five combination of Dan Marshall, Andre Bayliss, Tomas Politi, Tom Peters and Jack Price. With instructions to go out at full intensity using the plays practised in training. The result was what he wanted the tip was won, baskets were traded and the lead changed several times but by the end of the first quarter after a few tactical substitutions to maintain the impetus a 3 point margin was established.
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