We are still a work in progress, says Kapoulas after double glory
Bristol Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas has called for further improvements despite watching his side extend their unbeaten start to the season last weekend.
Enrique Garcia and US-import Doug McLaughlin-Williams scored a combined 38 points to help secure a 70-61 National Trophy victory over Team Northumbria at the WISE Campus Arena, to follow up their 67-61 success over Leeds Carnegie seven days earlier.
Kapoulas, however, warned his players that they need to improve on their performance if they are to retain their place as one of English basketball League Division One's best sides over the coming season.
Kapoulas said: "We are obviously happy to win the game, but we are a work in progress at this early stage of the season.
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"I thought our defence at times was not able to contain and disrupt the opposition and our offence was too stagnant with too much dribbling.
"In the Leeds game, our team really demonstrated great signs of toughness and we will need as we go deeper in the season.
"We just need to get better and concentrate on improving in certain areas."
After a quiet first quarter on Saturday, in which neither team found their rhythm, the game kicked into life in the second quarter with 42 points shared between the sides.
An 8-0 run from Flyers, including triples from Mostapha Alfaki and Greg Streete, saw them establish a double-digit lead that was nearly fully intact by half-time.
Northumbria narrowed the gap to just four points at the four minute mark of the third period, but Bristol responded with a pair of threes from Alfaki and Tamas Okros in a 10-1 run to take full control of the game.
Northumbria kept pushing through the fourth quarter, but were only able to equal Bristol's points output at 20, leaving Kapoulas' side to take a nine-point victory.
Garcia led the scoring for Bristol with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while McLaughlin-Williams added a further 18.
Flyers have a fixture-less weekend and will return to action on at the WISE Campus Arena on October 6 when they will continue their National Trophy bid with a game against Reading Rockets (7pm).