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NWBA D1: Brewers 60 Mold Magic 44

27th April, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Just 48 hours after falling to Wrexham Warriors, the Brewers faced the formidable challenge of welcoming title-chasing Mold Magic to Blacon.

But Adam Lloyd’s men were fired up following their defeat and ready to trake the game to the Magic – who turned out a full-strength side as they bid for regular season glory.

Despite their desire however the Brewers faced a tough opposition – including veteran star centre Alan Duppa – and in the opening exchanges the Magic took command. At the break they led 15-8, with the Brewers’ much feared defence preventing them establishing a bigger lead.

There was a long way to go however and the Brewers know better than to panic after a slow start. In the second quarter they really started to switch it up, applying pressure to Mold to try to make them crack.

Captain Dave Thomas led the charge with a 7-point scoring run to get things underway as the Brewers picked up the pace. As they gathered momentum Mold didn’t adjust and by the half the Brewers trailed by just a single point.

Mold were rattled and an altercation at the break drew a technical foul. While the Brewers couldn’t convert the point, they were in the ascendancy and the Magic had to find a response.

In the third Brewers kept their momentum, with top scorer Niel Gillard (20pts) and MVP Marcin Fiedorowicz key to keeping Mold pinned back.

The result was that Brewers went into the final quarter four points to the good and with a chance to deny the Magic the regular season title.

Lloyd prepared his men to expect a Mold fightback, but the Brewers were simply in no mood to let this result slip through their fingers.

They kept their intensity high – Luke Sharland-Wong leaving it all out there despite recently returning from injury, Hubert Paluch bringing high-energy running and Jay Redbond asking tough questions of the Mold defence as they constantly frustrated Mold on the defensive end and punished them on the offensive end.

When the game ended and the dust settled the Brewers had a 16-point win – setting them up nicely for the league playoffs.

“This was always going to be one of our toughest games of the season and coming into it two days after a loss didn’t make it any easier,” said Lloyd.

“But the lads responded in exactly the right way, going back to playing proper Brewers basketball and refusing to take a backward step against one of the best sides in the league.

“We restored our league-leading defence and stepped up to Mold without fear. We have earned that right this season, the right not to fear any opponent. It was an outstanding performance from the lads and we can’t wait to get into the playoff games now!”

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