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NWBA D1: Brewers 75 Cheshire Raptors 64

20th April, 2024 | News | 0 comments

The Brewers reignited the North Wales Basketball Association title race with a stunning home victory over the Cheshire Raptors at Blacon.

After recent slow starts, the Brewers came flying out of the blocks this time, looking to stun the visitors in the opening quarter to lead 22-18. Key to that start was Hubert Paluch (11pts), who brough insane energy to drive the Brewers on and create some easy buckets.

The second quarter was a different story as the Raptors – one of the league’s leading teams for a reason – adjusted their gameplan and hit back. A 12-0 run early on swung the advantage in their favour and the Brewers found themselves rushing to throw up shots in an effort to get back on-track.

Head Coach Adam Lloyd had seen enough. He called a time-out to reset and make some tweaks of his own and the Brewers came out more composed to stem the bleeding. A knock to Paluch saw Andy Caine make a cameo, but his effort helped ensure the Brewers kept their standard high.

At the half the home side trailed by 11 and it could have been heading the same way as these sides’ previous meeting, where the Brewers spent too much energy chasing the game and running out of steam.

But Lloyd and Niel Gillard had a gameplan and the team executed it to perfection in the second half.

Rapid ball movement, players moving in sync and sharing the ball when there was a good look – simple, quick, effective basketball. Everything just clicked for the Brewers despite them missing most of their big units.

Gillard found his stroke and led the offensive effort claiming the MVP award with 16pts, while skipper Dave Thomas (7pts) and Marcin Fiedorowicz (20pts) set the tone on defence to counter the threat of Iker Amuchastegui and Simon Jackson- supported by Hayden Kavanagh.

Fighting for the boards and using that as a platform to attack opened up the floor with Paluch and Easaw George (14pts) committing on both sides of the ball to help bring the Brewers home while Jay Redbond – just ahead of his 37th birthday, was a ball of energy, always looking to leak while also contributing with a couple of great steals.

“That was a real result and it has opened up the title race just enough to make it exciting,” said Lloyd afterwards. “The lads started well and drew on those recent experiences chasing games to show resilience in the face of a Raptors comeback.

“I’m proud of all the lads today. On the floor, on the bench, everyone was in the moment and pushing us towards that win. These last few games are going to be gripping!”

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