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NWBA D2: Brewers Lite 46 Wirral Raptors 56

9th May, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Five days after a heavy defeat against the Raptors, Brewers Lite welcomed them to Blacon looking to restore a little pride and gain momentum going into the postseason.

That this Lite team, established as a development squad, has even reached the playoffs in their first outing is impressive, but having secured their place they want to give themselves a shot at the North Wales League Division Two Championship.

Ben Scotts men faced an unbeaten Wirral Raptors that, despite being thin on numbers, were nevertheless a dangerous side to face and so it proved. The Lite were slow off the mark in the opening quarter, not truly playing their own game and being punished for it as they trailed by 11 points at the break.

Some vital words from Scott in the interval got them back on track and what has proven itself one of the best defences in the division this season rediscovered its form, shutting down the visitors offence to restrict them to just eight points. Key were the performances of Theo Harrison, Adam Lloyd, Andy Cain, Alec Doyle and Hayden Kavanagh who left everything out there at the back to tighten things up. Offensively the Lite didn’t take full advantage however and only shaved a point off the deficit going into the half.

Too often they looked long for a fast break that wasn’t on, and by not looking after the ball they were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.

Hubert Paluch brought some much-needed energy to the team and his joint-top scoring 13-point haul alongside John Opiala was a key highlight.

In the third the Lite cranked up the pressure, at one point fielding three of the four available from the De Guzman clan – Aris, Aaron and Andrew, as they tried to tire their opponents.

At one point they reduced the deficit to just four points but the Raptors were able to recover and although they lost the quarter 15-11, the visitors clung to the advantage going into the final quarter.

The Lite had to throw caution to the wind in an effort to close the gap and get in front – but the risks were clear. They worked hard, Kavanagh crashing inside and feeding the ball to his teammates while getting little luck of his own under the basket.

With time ticking away MVP Jan Santos pushed hard to press the ball and rack up the points needed, but the Lite had left themselves too much to do and ended 10 points behind 46-56.

“That was a much better performance from the guys than last week,” said Scott. “It was virtually the same team so it was a chance to win back a little pride, which they did.

“Losing games is never easy but it happens. The truth is that when we embarked on this Lite project and brought this team together, the playoffs was never part of the plan. They have all come so far and played so well this season that they have given themselves a shot.

“Every single member of this team should be proud of what they have achieved. Not only has everyone improved as the season has gone on, they have all contributed to the overall team performance.

“It’s been a priviledge to coach this team this year and I’m thrilled that we still have at least one, maybe two more games to go. Whatever happens, this team has earned the right to hold their heads up high because they have outperformed all expectations this season.”

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