Brewers Basketball gained a small measure of revenge for last season’s playoff final defeat as they drew first blood this season with a 37-point blow-out of Mold Magic.
The Terry Price Cup-holders arrived at Ellesmere Port Catholic High buoyant and in the first quarter kept pace with the Brewers, the home team only leading by three after the opening 10 minutes.
There was a horror moment during the first quarter when Mold’s Mike Merrifield, seconds after coming on, fell awkwardly and had to leave the game with what turned out to be a fractured, dislocated shoulder.
His teammates regrouped but the Brewers were moving up through the gears, with eventual MVP Aaron Rey driving the offence and towering centre Byron Ward and fellow big man Iker Amuchastegui causing endless problems in the paint for the visitors.
By half time the scoreline was 31-18 to the Brewers but it was the third period which ended the game as a contest as the hosts shut down on defence and were clinical at the other end, outscoring Mold 24-9 as Michael Embaye on the court and injured head coach Tom Griffiths off the court kept the Brewers focused on the gameplan.
The Magic fought back in the fourth but by then the game was won. Rey took the MVP honours after a scoring performance that saw him bag 17 points.