NWBA: Brewers Lite 75 EP Panthers 83

10th January, 2024 | News | 0 comments

The first week back from the Christmas break posed some tough questions of the Brewers Lite, starting with the visit of Ellesmere Port Panthers.

And though they couldn’t quite pull off the win, the Lite still stunned their opponents by running them close in a game few expected to be a real contest.

Head Coach Ben Scott had a clear plan for the game which the Lite executed well in the first quarter. Hustling hard and targeting the Panthers’ main threats the home side kept things close, exchanging the lead a number of times and only trailing 22-20 at the break.

MVP Easaw George caused the Panthers real problems with his athleticism as did Jan Santos with shooting accuracy usually reserved for their opponents, and the Lite’s heavy unit provided them the protection they needed to get to work.

In the second quarter the Lite stepped up, Theo Harrison, Aris Ge Guzman, Adam Lloyd and Hayden Kavanagh getting themselves on the scoresheet alongside the scoring leaders as the Lite pulled out into a 42-34 half-time lead.

The Panthers were always going to react and so it was as Ben Thomas, named by the Panthers but not previously suited up, decided to put himself into the game to pull his team back into it.

In truth however his impact was minimal, as Josh McGinn, Paul Kelly and Dan Rudd took the game by the scruff of the neck and swung the scores in Panthers’ favour with a 36-15 third quarter that gave the visiting team the advantage. One shining light for the Lite was Alec Doyle claiming his first points of the season.

The Lite hit straight back in the fourth, winning the quarter but not by enough. They scored 18 to the Panthers’ 13 to lose by an agonisingly close eight points, George finishing with 31 points, Santos with 17 and young gun Harrrison finding his feet with an impressive seven points.

Speaking after the game, Coach Scott said: “This game was never down on our list as a potential win, but we went out there and made it one through sheer effort and determination.

Every single player left it out there tonight. Of course, Easaw and Jan were brilliant but I was really proud to see Theo come in and finish some great opportunites.

“Hayden and Doyle were great holding up inside against Panthers’ really big centre and both managed to contbute and Everyone, Aris, Andy Cain, Lloyd, Andrew De Guzman, Ash, Hubert, everyone did something important tonight and together those efforts saw us run a very talented team much closer than anyone anticipated.”

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