By Jamie Thomas
They’ve performed the least quantity of BBL Championship video games so
far this time period, however the Bristol Flyers are arrange for an epic run-in to complete
the common season and know that their destiny is effectively and really of their palms
with any seed from second to eighth within the playoffs realistically up for grabs
Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas is worked up to see how his workforce
carry out within the remaining video games, with a dozen outings to take care of within the
subsequent 30 days, and feels his facet have every thing they must be profitable and
safe a beneficial playoff berth. We caught up with Andreas just lately to search out
“Making the playoffs is clearly the number-one purpose and it
goes with out saying that we wish to end as excessive as potential, however we don’t
wish to suppose too far forward and – due to the character of this season with
postponements and so forth – the league desk is tough to guage for the time being.
“If you take a look at the standings so as of most wins then it
appears totally different to what it does when it comes to least losses, for instance, so we
don’t wish to take a look at that an excessive amount of as a result of it doesn’t inform us something with
groups all having performed such a unique quantity of video games.
“We really feel like we now have a bunch that may do very effectively within the
playoffs and with all people returning to health now we hope we are able to end the
season strongly with a optimistic run of outcomes and having an general profitable
document, however we don’t wish to be saying issues – we wish to do issues and
“Our solely focus is to focus on doing the little
Postponements attributable to Covid have brought about a big build-up
of fixtures in the direction of the top of the season for the Flyers, who at present have a
profitable document within the Championship and their remaining fixtures are definitely
going to present a powerful indication of this squad’s potential ought to they make
A trio of fixtures in opposition to the London Lions – the primary of
which comes this weekend – is probably the most hanging factor in regards to the fixture checklist,
however there may be additionally a double-header of video games in opposition to the Surrey Scorchers and
crunch video games in opposition to different playoff hopefuls the Cheshire Phoenix and Sheffield Sharks
to look ahead to. Kapoulas evaluated the fixtures which might be to return.
“The schedule is what it’s. We have 12 video games in 30 days, so
we are able to solely take it one recreation at a time and take care of every problem because it
comes. I can’t keep in mind one other schedule this hectic, and that’s out of
management attributable to Covid and issues like that.
“Our solely focus is to focus on doing the little issues
effectively and staying wholesome, each bodily and mentally, as a result of a schedule like
that is robust on you in so some ways. If we do these issues then massive
alternatives can come for us over the subsequent few weeks.
“This is a giant weekend when it comes to dealing with Leicester and
London, after all, however each one of many 12 video games we now have developing could be very
necessary to us. We are assured in our means, we wish to come out of this
weekend with a profitable document, however we all know it will likely be an actual problem.”
“This a part of the season is about producing your greatest
The subsequent month goes to be gruelling for each the Flyers
and the London Lions – who even have 12 video games remaining within the Championship –
however the Bristol Head Coach is inspired by what he has seen thus far this season
from his gamers and particulars a few of the qualities they’ve proven that he feels
will stand them in good stead for the video games forward.
“Our group has been very robust and resilient this season.
We’ve needed to take care of a number of absences this 12 months, however no matter who has
been on the ground for us we’ve produced some actually good basketball in each
recreation and totally different guys have stepped up.
“We’re approaching a time the place we’ll hopefully have
all people again on the ground and with that we’d prefer to see extra constantly
good performances, for positive, however we’ve seen some highs when it comes to the
potential of our workforce all year long and hopefully on this ultimate stretch
we are able to see extra of that.
“Having all people again is clearly going to be such a giant
increase for us, however extra so as a result of it permits us to actually work on these smaller
particulars that may take a workforce to a different degree. This a part of the season is about
producing your greatest basketball and we see this excessive quantity of video games as
alternative to search out that rhythm.”