Bristol Flyers began their fifth season in the BBL on Saturday with a narrow defeat to rookie franchise London City Royals.
But, off the back of their highest-ever league finish last year, there is plenty of optimism surrounding the Flyers and what they could achieve this season.
Lewis Champion joined the team in the summer, having made the step up from NBL Division 1.
“I’ve loved every minute of it so far,” began Champion.
“Bristol is a great city and everyone at the Flyers – from my teammates, coaches and everyone around the club – has made it such an easy transition for me, so I’m really enjoying it.
“The buzz is very positive and the excitement after the announcement of our new arena is amazing, it’s a big step for us to have our own facility but it’s also a big step for British basketball.
“Even after suffering a loss in our first game of the season I still believe we can get off to a great start.
“I’m really excited to get everything underway.
“We have a good bunch of talented guys who get on really well on and off the court.
“There is always a period of getting to know each other and figuring out how to play as a team, but I feel we are coming together really well and are ahead in terms of team chemistry.
“I think this year will be one of the most competitive and exciting seasons.
“There has been a load of talent brought into the league this year, especially British talent.
“It’s great to see so many home-grown guys stepping up or coming back to play in the BBL.”
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