NWBA: Brewers 47 Ellesmere Port Panthers 82

13th May, 2023 | News | 0 comments

The Brewers rounded off the regular season with a tough game against top-four side Ellesmere Port Panthers.

After a campaign of tough battles the Brewers took the chance to rest a number of key players ahead of their North Wales Basketball Association Plate semi-final and give vauable game-time to some of the players who have been pushing for a spot.

Adam Lloyd’s men started strong, in a nip-and-tuck first half that saw the Panthers offensive style pitted against one of the best defences in the league.

By the half the Brewers trailed 26-37, but the difference was purely down to Brewers relying on indise shots and Panthers living by the three.

With the area’s pro-team BBL players Cheshire Phoenix there to cheer on their head coach – who plays for Panthers – those three pointers came home to roost.

The Brewers scoring dried up in the third, allowing the Panthers to build a commanding lead. But the Brewers never gave up and fought to the very end, led by skipper Niel Gillard and Juan Gonzalez, who claimed the MVP honours.

Afterwards, Head Coach Lloyd said: “This was an anomaly of a game. They are a team that will pretty much pull up from anywhere in yout half and chances are they will make it. That’s a difficult style for any team to play against.

“But the lads we put out there did a really good job of working hard to keep us in the game for as long as we were. I was particularly pleased to see Al Challinor get points on the board. He’s one of our veteran players and always puts the team first and it’s great to see him still taking it to teams and showing no fear.

“But, and it was said in the huddle at the end of the game, in previous seasons that scoreline would have been over 100. The lads have done really well and got some valuable minutes under their belts going into the post-season.”

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