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Bristol Flyers proved their pedigree on Saturday with an opening night victory over Plymouth Raiders to begin their BBL journey.
Flyers defeated the Plymouth Raiders 65-56 at the SGS Wise Arena, and added a sellout crowd to boot, in a welcome sight for the BBL, who at times have been questioned on their process for allowing new franchises into the league.
“Great way to start our BBL campaign,” tweeted Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas after the game. “Sell out crowd and a W. Proud of our guys. Off to Glasgow tomorrow morning #MakingBristolProud.”
1996 born Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye saw just short of 20 minutes, finishing with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in what will likely be his last season in the UK before heading to the US.
Long time Flyers big man Doug McLaughlin-Williams led them to the win with 14 points, including crucial baskets either side of the third quarter break.
Bristol made the jump to the professional ranks after securing backing from Bristol Sport Ltd, an umbrella company ran by billionaire Stephen Lansdown, which already runs Bristol City football team, as well as Bristol Rugby and Dino Zamparelli – a Clifton-based GP3 racing driver.
What an incredible game!! Full sellout crowd watching us win our first league game,what an atmosphere!! Hello BBL!!! pic.twitter.com/0YXduibnN7
— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) September 27, 2014