With games running out in the regular season, the Brewers were mathematically still in the running for fourth spot and a playoff place going into this game against the Raiders.
It was against the Raiders that the Brewers kick-started their season, scoring their first win back in November. Despite this, and the fact the Raiders played the previous night, the visitors took the game to the Brewers, asking questions of a side coming in straight off a two-week break.
The Raiders kept a lid on the Brewers attacking attempts for long periods and kept the scoreline ticking over in a game that was close throughout.
While they maintained a narrow lead for most of the contest, in truth it took the Brewers until late on to really find their feet. Outstanding effort at both ends from skipper Dave Thomas and solid rebounding from Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Luke Sharland-Wong were critical for the Brewers, as at the other end MVP Niel Gillard and the resurgent form of Alex Jones pushed the Brewers on.
Struggling through the gears the Brewers nevertheless went toe-to-toe with the Raiders, Aaron de Guzman in particular taking the battle to them.
As the game went on however, the Brewers found their rhythm from three-point range, hitting a clutch of triples in the fourth quarter that gave the scoreline a more flattering look.
With two games left of the regular season to play, the Brewers face two tough challenges. Whileother results meant that despite this win their top-four hopes were ended, the Brewers are still guaranteed to achieve their best finish for five years and will have their sights firmly focused on the North Wales Basketball Association’s knockout competition.
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