TWIN THREAT FOR FLYERS

Bristol Flyers snap up the Delpeche twins...

BRISTOL Flyers have completed the signings of twin brothers Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche for the remainder of the season from German side Grevenbroich Elephants.

Last season, Malcolm averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, whilst his brother Marcus posted 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

The 22-year-old twins previously played together at Bates College in NCAA Division III, where they became the first Bobcats to play professionally in Europe since 2007.

Malcolm, a six-foot-eight centre, led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in blocked shots per game in 2016-17 with a career-high 3.1 per contest, setting Bates’ single-game (seven), single season (74) and career (178) record along the way.

His brother Marcus, a six-foot seven forward, earned first team all-NESCAC honours in his senior year, finishing eighth in the league in scoring (15.1 ppg) and third in the league in rebounds, with a career best 9.7 boards per game.

“It’s a great experience. Moving up from the Regionalliga in Germany is really exciting,” Malcolm told Bristol Flyers TV. “It’s always humbling to know that someone is interested in you and wants you to play for their team.

“It’s more exciting for us to be in England because we have family here too: our grandmother was born in Jamaica but it was UK territory at the time, we have two aunts who live here and our mum lived in England for a while, too.

“It makes recruiting us a lot easier because I know there are rules around the number of Americans you’re allowed on the team.”

The Delpeche brothers will provide cover for Daniel Edozie and Mike Vigor, who are set to miss the next four games due to their international commitments with England and Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We are very pleased to have Marcus and Malcolm on board,” added Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas. “Both of them come from a very good season in Germany and we are looking for them to make an immediate impact in what is a very crucial period for us.

“They will fit our system very well and they are keen to make the most of the opportunity.

“They will give us the necessary depth in our team to ensure we push on with our aspirations for the season.”

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