Jelani Watson-Gayle had himself an evening to remember Sunday, dropping a career high 30 points against the Newcastle Eagles when they came to visit the SGS College Arena. Playing 29 minutes, Jelani shot an impressive 10-14 from the floor and 6-8 from behind the three-point line. Adding eight rebounds and five assists to his efficient box score this led to the British guard making his second All-Star 5 appearance of the season.
Bristol went into the second half of the game trailing to Newcastle, Watson-Gayle came out of the break and hit four threes and 14 points in just over three minutes as part of an incredible 17-0 run which helped the Flyers go on and win the tie.
We asked Jelani how he stayed locked in and how he went on to have a great performance despite being down, “Playing with confidence and staying aggressive helped me stay locked in. Also not forcing plays and taking what the defense gave me helped me have a good game.”
Jelani joined Bristol last year once moving back to Britain after completing a successful five-year college career in the US, enjoying spells with Benedict and Miles, before his senior year at Fresno Pacific.
The 24 year old guard has been a big part of Bristol's stand out performance this season and is currently averaging 12ppg,3.1ast, 3.2reb a game while also making the third most threes in the league.
The Flyers have been playing some of the most attractive basketball this season. Winning four out of their last five games while also leading the league in points scored. We asked what's the reason behind Bristol's great form this season, "It's our defense, unselfishness and togetherness on the offensive end.”
This has clearly helped the side come together and are now currently placed second in the BBL league table while being tied with the same points as the London Lions.