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NWBA: Brewers Lite 36 Wirral Raptors 61

1st November, 2023 | News | 0 comments

After getting their season off to a flying start, there was a rebalancing for Brewers Lite as they lost at home to Wirral Raptors in the North Wales Basketball Association.

But there were plenty of positives to take for Brewers’ new development side. Their already respected defence did its job and restricted an historically free-scorting Raptors side to just 61 points. At the offensive end they created opportunities and with a little more luck with the bounce may have run the game closer.

But the Raptors did their job well, moving the ball and hitting their threes to keep the score ticking along enough to win.

The opening quarters saw Brewers Lite struggle to adjust to the Raptors offensive style and not really able to impose themselves at the other end.

The result was a 22-67 first quarter and a 16 12 second quarter.

What the Lite did do however was grind, they defended hard and let the Raptors know they were in a game. That told in the second half of the game as the Raptors began to feel the effects of Lite’s physical approach and showed some signs of tiredness.

The Lite adjusted and took advantage, only losing the third quarter by three poijnts 17-14 as they finally found their rhythm.

Hubert Paluch led the way with an impressive 17 points while debutant John Opiala put up 8 and claimed the MVP honours.

In the final quarter the Lite left everything out on the floor, pushing hard to finish respectably and they did, winning the quarter 12-6.

Afterwards Head Coach Ben Scott expressed his pride in the Lite.

“We knew coming in that the Raptors were a very tough side to face,” he said. “I’ve spoken to the guys and told them to remember, many of them have not really come up against a team like this before. It’s tough to adjust and you have to be really effective and efficient.

“That all comes with time and these guys will get there. But again, as I’ve said in games we have won, we’ve exceeded expectations against the Raptors. Our defence has locked them down and we’ve lost by less than 30. Against a club that is capable of beating more established teams by cricket scores that is something to be proud of.

“More importantly, it’s something to build on. We have a few training sessions before our next game and we know where we need to improve. The guys will have learned a lot from this defeat and now we get back to work to bounce back from this.”

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