The final game of 2022 pitted a buoyant Brewers side against a strong Mold outfit – and saw Brewers Rookie of the Year Cam Blundell claim his first MVP award!
The Brewers went into the game confident despite missing a couple of key players as seasonal illness took its toll. They welcomed a Mold side packed with players who featured in their Welsh National League campaign, so the scene was set for a real slugfest.
And so it proved, with the Brewers digging deep from the first minute. Tough defence gave Niel Gillard and Dave Thomas a springboard to get going and by the end of the first quarter the Brewers trailed by just five points.
Unfortunately the Brewers paid a heavy price for that effort. Talismanic big man Terry McGuire landed awkwardly while heroically – and successfully – defending a three point shot. He was forced to leave the game with a knee injury that is likely to sideline him for a considerable time.
The Brewers’ effort and commitment remained strong with Tim Dann bringing more pace to the atttack, but a few adjustments from Mold coupled with some mismatches saw the visitors extend their lead to 41-26 at the half.
Throughout the game the Brewers gave 100%, with young gun Blundell, captain Dave Thomas, Wissam Elkak and big man Joe Hughes leading the charge, continually putting their bodies on the line to stem the tide from Mold and create opportunities on offense.
In the Brewers’ traditional difficult third quarter, they matched up well with the visitors, only allowing them to extend their lead by five points thanks to some great hustle from Alex Jones, Al Challenor and Aaron de Guzman.
Head coach Adam Lloyd even deployed defensive unit Alec Doyle to help clog up the lanes, which the veteran presence managed to do effectively.
Ultimately though Christmas is a time of Magic and so it proved, although in the dying seconds a cheeky miss from three by Doyle proved he was not on Santa’s good list again this year!
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