A stunning third-quarter blitz from the Cheshire Phoenix secured their third win of the BBL campaign at home to Bristol Flyers.

After tight first half the sides were tied 41-41 at the break, with the Nix struggling to hold off a strong Flyers side who have flourished in their first season as a BBL side.

But whatever Coffino said to his players during the half-time interval, it worked as both the offence and defence clicked superbly to see the home side to a well-deserved triumph that showcased the talent that head coach John Coffino's men possess.

The Flyers never got a look after the break as the Nix hustled impressively, forcing a number of turnovers from their visitors and finding their range both in the paint and beyond the arc.

 

The Nix, led impressively by the hot hand of Taylor King (27 points) and the fast-paced Mike Di Nunno, outscored the Flyers 27-9 in the third and 24-22 in the fourth to send the Phoenix faithful home in buoyant mood.

Demond Watt hit 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds while the Nix supporters were treated to home debuts from Lester Prosper and former NBA star Julius Hodge.

The victory over Bristol ended the weekend on a high note for Coffino's men after they suffered the disappointment of bowing out of the BBL Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday night after being edged out in Sheffield following a late rally from the hosts.

Coffino’s visiting side trailed the Sharks by single digits at the end of the the first, second and third quarters but hit the front in the final period and lead at the EIS Sheffield Arena with two minutes and 48 seconds left on the clock when David Aliu drained two free throws.

Zachariah Gachette connected on a two-point jump shot that sparked a decisive 11-3 run to close the game for the Sharks as the Phoenix ran out of steam in the closing minutes of a pulsating game of basketball.

King was the high-point man for the Nix as he put down a game-high 27 while his efforts were supported by Di Nunno (16) and Hodge (14).

With only seven available players, both Hodge and Aliu played the entire 40 minutes of a breathless clash in Yorkshire.

The Sharks now progress to the semi-final of the competition for the third year in a row.