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  • Writer's pictureMāris Noviks

Bristol Flyers continue to soar in Europe




Bristol Flyers will continue to play in the European North Basketball league.


The team from Southwest England reached the playoffs in their debut season.


Flyers won three games on the road – at Pleven, Lublin and Svendborg.


A home win against Landstede Hammers Zwolle was crucial in order to advance.


Three teams – Tartu, Bristol and Zwolle – finished the regular season with a 4-3 record but the Dutch team didn’t made the cut due to a 0-2 win-loss ratio against its direct opponents.


Flyers suffered two losses against two time Final Four participant Šiauliai in the quarter-finals.


Bristol also made it to the playoffs in the British Basketball league.


Flyers posted a 16-19 record to clinch the seventh place in the standings.


Bristol lost the quarter-final series against #2 Cheshire Phoenix, 0-2.


Cheshire Phoenix went all the way to the final where they were beaten by the London Lions, 85-88.


Head coach Andreas Kapoulas has coached Flyers from 2005.


The Flyers journey started in NBL Division Three followed by one year in Division Two and seven seasons in Division One.


Ten years later, Kapoulas surpassed 300 games in the British Basketball league – a 89-77 win at Leicester Riders on April 4, 2024.


Flyers Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas said: “It was important for the progression of our programme to continue to play in Europe this season.


“We both share the same growth ambitions, with the ENBL being a great platform to develop our club and understand what it takes to compete on and off the court in European competition.


We had a historic debut season last year and finishing the group stages with a winning record and reaching the playoff quarter-finals was something that were very proud of.


“Preparations are well underway for our second season in the ENBL, as we look to take the learnings from last year to go even further this time around."


Sellouts are the norm at the SGS College Arena, also thanks to the great team behind the team.


The Bristol Flyers were established in 2005.


The club secured promotion to Basketball England’s NBL Division One in 2007, becoming National Cup Champions in 2010 and being crowned as Division One Champions in 2011.


In 2014, the club secured financial backing from Bristol Sport Ltd to enter the top-flight British Basketball League.


Bristol Sport Ltd is owned by businessman Stephen Lansdown – other clubs in the group include Bristol City F.C. and Bristol Bears Rugby.


The Flyers have climbed through the ranks during their ten-year spell in the league – reaching the Cup Final in 2020 and securing their highest league finish of third during the 2022-2023 season.


The Flyers have sold out every home game at the 750 capacity SGS College Arena dating back to October 19th 2018.


You can see a lot of passion and dedication in Bristol – hopefully, the best is yet to come.

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