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NWBA D1: Brewers 62 Wrexham Warriors 37

16th February, 2024 | News | 0 comments

The Brewers were not in a loving mood this Valentine’s Day as they looked to quickly bounce back from their narrow defeat to Panthers last week.

Wrexham Warriors were the visitors to Blacon High and Adam Lloyd’s charges were fired up and ready to go.

Alex Jones got them off to a flyer with an opening bucket from downtown, one of four he hit throughout the game on his way to the MVP award and joint-top scorer honours with 12 points.

Brewers’ scoring threat was more spread in this game as they looked to ramp up their offensive intensity. Niel Gillard also put up 12 points in another classy display, while captain Dave Thomas and big man Marcin Fiedorowicz hit 11 apiece.

In the opening quarter the Brewers looked to set the tone and they did, locking down the visitors as they built a steady 15-6 lead.

But Wrexham Warriors are true to their name and never back down. They hit back in the second quarter and forced the Brewers to regroup after an impressive run to start the period.

By half time the Brewers still led the game but the gap was just seven points. Lloyd demanded increased intensity for the third to stretch the game out and that’s exactly what happened.

AJ returned to the floor to give the Brewers some range and regular personnel changes allowed the Brewers to maintain a high level of pressure throughout, Hayden Kavanagh and Alec Doyle negating the Warriors inside presence and Hubert Paluch, Al Challenor and Hannah Aldridge pressuring outside and springing offences with the pace of Jay Redbond and Wissam Elkak.

The result was a 23-12 quarter in the Brewers’ favour and they carried that momentum through to the end, Kavanagh putting some valuable points on the board for the ‘A’ team as they sealed a 62-37 win.

Afterwards Lloyd said: “That was exactly what we needed to do after the disappointment of losing by a point last week.

“The Warriors are always a tough opponent and this was in no way an easy game. They were physical and they made us work for everything we had, as it should be.

“Huge respect to them because they always show up and hit you hard. To be honest, they are not the opponent you want to see if you need a win, but the Brewers team on the floor today did everything we asked.

“Defensive intensity is rarely a problem, but it was important today for us to show an increase in offensive volume and quality. We did that. Shout out to AJ, he has put in some real work through the summer and the first half of the season to get that consistency we all know he has from range and he’s heating up at just the right time.

“But we can only get those offensive looks and open shots if we all work hard and all work together. We know our gameplans, we know each other well and we are all focused on what we want to achieve this season – now we just need to keep driving forward.”

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