Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles slipped to a second successive homecourt defeat as another physical fixture was decided down the stretch.
Malcolm Delpeche levelled the scores at 63-63 with the first basket of the fourth quarter before battling Bristol Flyers turned the game on its head.
The visitors went on an 11-0 tear to establish an unassailable lead as the Eagles struggled to maintain their discipline and direction.
And the ejection of Larry Austin Jr three minutes from time — as a result of a double technical — proved to be the final nail in Newcastle’s coffin on a night to forget for the men in black.
Bristol’s win was underpinned by the bouldering Brad Greene as the Flyers’ big bulldozed his way to a damaging double double of 27 points and 14 boards.
Marc Steutel’s men had no answer to the visitors’ in-form centre as the 6ft 11in American dominated under the glass.
Bristol scored two thirds of their points in the paint and converted 21 second chance points as the Eagles struggled to restrict their rivals’ offensive rebounding threat.
And with the disruptive CJ Jackson supporting team-mate Greene from the backcourt, an increasingly frustrated Newcastle ultimately lost sight of the pre-match gameplan.
The hosts had edged the first quarter 22-20 but neither team was able to establish a significant advantage after the restart.
And the top six rivals headed to the locker room tied at 46-46 after ex-Eagle Rowell Graham-Bell drained an arcing triple 44 seconds before the break.
Another tight period went Bristol’s way with influential Newcastle star Jordan Johnson slowed by four personal fouls.
Flyers’ dangerman Tevin Olison found himself in the same situation but it was Bristol who reacted better to the benching of their key man.
Delpeche’s score tied the game seconds into the final period but that was as good as it got for the hosts during a nightmare 10 minutes.
Defensive lapses, a disjointed offence and a lack of discipline allowed Flyers to rack up the first double digit lead of the night.
And when Austin Jr reacted angrily — and with a degree of justification — to an ugly incident under the Bristol glass things only got worse for Steutel’s side.
The American was thrown to the floor and landed heavily on his back after meeting the Flyers’ defence head on.
Leslee Smith was called for the foul but Austin Jr demanded further action before the irate guard was pulled away by team-mates.
And as he continued to protest, it was the Eagles’ man who felt the wrath of the referees as he was sent to the locker rooms on the back of successive technical fouls.
That was game over for an Eagles’ side missing Will Neighbour and Scott Spencer and unable to recapture November’s blistering form.
A Tajh Green double double — boosted by a late flurry of boards — was a rare positive on a night when Newcastle fans had little to cheer.
And Steutel will demand a spirited response when the men in black return to ENBL action at CSO Voluntari on Wednesday.