Dragons lose to Bristol Flyers 60 vs 93
Bradford Dragons suffered a double set back this weekend. A loss at home on Saturday against Bristol Flyers and a loss away against Reading Rockets dented the Dragons push for the league lead.
Bristol dealt Bradford their heaviest defeat of the season 93-60. Bradford chairman Stuart Culliford said: “All EBL Division 1 teams have players with injuries so we cannot put last nights game down to injuries. Bristol moved the ball well and shot the lights out, we had periods when we could not buy a basket.”
Dragons stepped on the floor against a talented Bristol side looking to repay the big loss handed to them in the previous match up.
Bristol had an outstanding first quarter, as they seemed to hit every shot they took. This included a half court shot from Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye to conclude the opening quarter with the Flyers leading by 20 points.
The home side began to press in the second quarter and began to dent the lead. However they could not stop England U-18 Lautier-Ogunleye as he led his team forward and miraculously hit another half court shot. Bristol led at the half 30 points up.
Dragons continued to fight in the second half but to no avail, it was simply Bristol's night. Sulcs 17 points, Pearson 15 & Navarro 10 were the Dragons leading scorers. Lautier-Ogunleye scored 16 for Bristol.
Bradford were hoping for better fortunes as they headed down south to face second place Reading Rockets, one of the most in-form teams in the league.
The game at the Rivermead Centre began with almost everything going against Bradford. The Dragons remained strong composed and took a one-point lead into the first quarter break.
In the second quarter Reading displayed all their quality showing why they have only lost three games this season. They forced a 33-24 lead by half time.
The teams duked it out in the second half with Bradford Dragons remaining competitive. In the fourth quarter the away side managed to get the deficit down to five points but ran out of steam. The final score 82-62. Latvian Rihard Sulcs scored a team high 26 points for Bradford.
Dragons now slip down to fourth spot with a record of 11 wins 7 losses, Bristol lie in ninth 7 wins 10 losses and Reading in second place with 13 wins 3 losses.
Bradford will try to put these losses out of their mind and look for the win away at Westminster Warriors on the 22nd Feb.