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NWBA D2: Brewers 45 Bromborough Bulldogs 74

21st February, 2024 | News | 0 comments

The ebb and flow of a rivalry dating back more than a decade saw the tide turn against Brewers Lite, as they fell 74-45 at home to Bromborough Bulldogs.

Always a tough opponent, the Bulldogs will punish any mistakes – and so it proved as they capitalised on a seemingly out-of-sorts Lite team.

All season Ben Scott’s side have been fairly composed as they surprised many with their performances. But on this occasion they struggled, turning over possession, getting stuck on offence and not imposing themselves defensively in the early stages.

Bulldogs were never going to let the Lite get away with that and they raced to a 27-10 lead in the opening quarter – a lead they would never relinquish.

There were positives for Brewers Lite. Alex ‘AJ’ Jones’ rhythm from range remained consistent and some dynamic drives from Marcin Fiedorowicz helped the Lite remain within sight of their rivals.

In the second quarter the Lite tightened up their defence and looked more like themselves. Andrew De Guzman – who earned the MVP plaudits for his commitment and effort on both sides of the ball – nailed a dagger three-pointer as the Lite only lost the quarter by three points.

In one of the Lite’s most physical games so far both teams ended up in the bonus a lot, but the third quarter was where the home side had a chance to claw their way back.

Lite only committed one foul in the quarter, while the Bulldogs found themselves in the bonus with four minutes to spare. It was an opportunity for the Brewers to drive in, get to the line and close the points deficit but they couldn’t capitalise.

The quarter saw both sides score 13 points and left the Lite trailing by 20 points going into the final period.

It was a tough ask against a battling Bulldogs side and – having worked so hard to try to overcome the early damage – the Brewers simply ran out of steam.

Afterwards Head Coach Ben Scott reflected on a difficult night for his Lite team.

“That’s a tough one to take,” he said. “Full respect to the Bulldogs, they came out and took their chances. It just wasn’t our night.

“We still have six games to go, there’s a lot of Division Two basketball to play, so we need to go back, work on what went wrong and make sure that we are ready for the next one against Wrexham Raiders.

“The effort was there, but sometimes it doesn’t go your way and to be fair, we made too many mistakes early on that we simply never recovered from.

“I do have to say though I was really pleased with Andrew De Guzman earning his first ever MVP award. Like everyone, he worked hard out there, but he’s a young lad just finding his feet at this level and for him to keep his head up in that situation and to never let up on the effort was brilliant. Well deserved.”

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