Brewers Lite kicked off their Division Two campaign seeking revenge on a Wyddgrug Magic side that had beaten them in the opening game of the North Wales Basketball Association’s qualifying phase.
Head Coach Ben Scott and his side have worked hard to improve since that game and the work showed in the first quarter as they shocked their visitors with a 15-3 quarter lead.
MVP Easaw George started heating up early and the Lite defence was anything but light, as they made life difficult for the Magic.
No Mold team is ever a walkover however and they hit back in the second quarter. Despite debutant Hannah Aldridge putting up her first points for the Brewers at the line, they began to find spaces and cuts to unpick the Brewers defence. The Magic went on a scoring run that saw them win the quarter 17-10 and reduce the deficit to just five points at the half.
That was enough of a scare for the Lite to kick back into gear and tighten things up. Marcin Fiedorowicz, Jan Santos and Hubert Paluch all made vital contributions as the Lite cranked up the pace, supported by Andrew De Guzman, with Ash Millington, Adam Lloyd, Aris De Guzman, Alec Doyle and Hayden Kavanagh all working hard to keep things locked down at the back.
The result was a 21-8 third period that put the Lite in control. But the Magic again hit back in the fourth. As the Lite tried to manage the game, Magic increased the pressure, forcing turnovers and drawing fouls.
They won the fourth 19-11, but it wasn’t enough as the Lite produced a mature performance to seal the win and take maximum points from their first Division Two encounter. George finishing top-scorer with a 25-point haul
“One down, seven to go,” said Scott afterwards. “That was a tough game against a quality opponent and while we did make mistakes down the stretch and let them close the gap, the fact we were able to see it out shows how far this team has come since September.
“Defensively we could have been tighter at times and our positioning and communication wasn’t always as it should be, but we found a way to win together,
“That’s what is most important. We need to run our sets better on offense and tighten up the D a bit, but when you’re under pressure from a team like the Magic and you can find a way to win, you have to look at that and say great job.
“It’s satisfying to get a win under our belts after game one, but we need to lock in and focus now. Every game will test us and we need to be ready every time for whatever the next team throws at us.”