The newest club in the league made their debut against the reigning league winners and earned a tonne of respect despite a defeat.
Brewers’ newest team – Brewers Lite – took to the court in the North Wales Basketball Association for the first time against a strong Mold Magic side.
Having prepared throughout the summer, the Brewers’ band of new players, supported by a few experienced heads, faced up to the challenge at Blacon High School without any fear.
And while the visitors did apply pressure and enjoy the rewards, the Brewers took a huge number of positives from the encounter.
New head coach Ben Scott led the team well from the sideline, keeping them positive and focused on the task at hand.
Jan Santos, one of the Brewers’ most recent signings, took on the responsibility at point guard and he delivered an MVP performance, securing 11 points and a number of assists, with Ash Millington putting in a big performance in defence crashing the boards and grabbing rebounds.
Facing such a well-drilled opponent, Brewers Lite remained focused on their own performance rather than the scoreline and, as the game wore on, they improved each quarter as they found their feet and adjusted to the challenge in front of them.
Ash, Andy Cain, Andrew De Guzman and Vlad Croitoru all scored their first competitive points for the club on their debuts, an impressive feat, with the returning Adam Lloyd and Aris and Aaron De Guzman also keeping the table officials busy.
Afterwards, Coach Scott reflected on the game.
“I was really proud of the guys today,” he said. “As a brand new team that is still coming together, going toe-to-toe with a team that has been together for so long and achieved so much could have been intimidating.
“But they faced up to it and took the game to Mold. They may have beaten us, but the Magic left Blacon knowing they had been in a game.
“We still have work to do and improvements to make, but this was a solid start for our new team and I’m excited about our potential.”