Bennett’s super salvo give winless Leeds hope

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A short-handed Leeds Force suffered a fifth-straight defeat to start the new British Basketball League campaign, losing out 111-88 to Bristol Flyers.

Despite defeat, a marvellous 19 points in six fourth-quarter minutes from Tre Bennett restored some pride for an ailing Force.

An electric opening saw Tavarion Nix sink a pair of long-range triples, stunning the flustered Flyers as a short-handed Force looked to shake off their early-season woes.

Leeds’ quick start was soon cancelled out by Bristol star Brandon Boggs, who ignited Flyers’ comeback with a thunderous dunk and a spectacular reverse lay-in.

Force skipper Samuel Toluwase countered Boggs’ 11-point explosion with a soaring slam of his own, as the lead bounced back-and-forth between both teams in the first quarter. The Flyers continued to apply the pressure with a string of silky finishes, snatching the lead before a pair of Tre Bennett free-throws hauled Leeds level after an enthralling first 10 minutes.

Buoyed by Boggs and Adam Weary’s offensive clinic, Flyers registered a merciless 14-straight points – carving Leeds apart and prying open a 17-point advantage.

A sensational seven-point salvo from Nix and Fullah’s thumping throw-down breathed life into a wavering Leeds, as Force looked to rally back from a towering 25-point deficit at half-time.

Fullah’s vicious block and back-to-back threes from Nix and Bennett saw the pendulum of momentum swing in Force’s favour to begin the second-half.

Leeds couldn’t contend with the lethal Boggs however, who skied to the rim and dropped a hammering alley-oop to up his impressive points tally to 27.

Sensing Force were on the ropes, Bristol battered Leeds with a 22-4 run to end the third quarter – shattering any hopes of an unlikely comeback from the home side.

Force finally awakened from their slumber in the fourth, tearing Flyers to shreds with an emphatic 29-8 burst in an enthralling final five minutes, with Bennett taking centre stage, but by then the game had gone.