‘Bristol Flyers must prove they are better than current BBL record’

Bristol Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas

Bristol Flyers are better than a 3-6 record suggests in this season’s BBL, the top league in British basketball.

However, they must prove it, says Flyers’ Greek head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

Second-year BBL club Flyers are currently in a three-way tie for ninth spot in the 12-strong BBL in 2015/16.

They flatlined 0-4 through their first four league games, but have regrouped and gone 3-1 in their last four contests in all competitions.

They recovered at the weekend from a 67-58 home loss to Glasgow Rocks on Saturday to hit the road and upset Surrey Scorchers 80-72  on Sunday – and without starting point-guard and leading scorer Cardell McFarland (ankle).

Kapoulas said following Sunday’s win: “Cardell McFarland is a big part of what we do, but I was proud of how the guys responded.

“There’s a lot more to come from us, but at the moment we’re not consistent enough. Yes, it was great to win Sunday and go 3-6, but we feel we’re better than that.

“But – you know what? – we have to do something about it. We have to prove it.”

Dog eat dog

This Sunday Flyers forget about the dog-eat-dog nature of the league campaign for a week and visit Cheshire Phoenix (3-6) in the BBL Cup quarter-finals.

Kapoulas added Sunday: “We have the tactical side of things, but it’s also about the mental side of the game and remaining concentrated. When we do, I think we perform very well.”

He continued: “I’ve said before this season that our guys all believe in the system, but that doesn’t mean we always execute the system.

“We were really disappointed with our performance against Glasgow. We didn’t feel we competed in the first half like we should have.

“If we had been more consistent, we felt we could have won.

“Going into the Surrey game there were no excuses. We had to pressure the ball more and we had to be more physical.

“I felt we did that very well. We set the tempo early and we took control. Even when Surrey came back at us in the fourth quarter we kept our composure.”