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NWBA Plate: Bromborough Bulldogs 59 Brewers 53

17th May, 2023 | News | 0 comments

An epic clash ended in heartbreak for the Brewers as they were eliminated in the semi-final of the North Wales Basketball Association Plate competition.

The Brewers made the post-season for the first time in years after a strong regular season under new Head Coach Adam Lloyd.

They were matched against their oldest foe, Bromborough Bulldogs, at South Wirral High School.

With a win apiece in the regular season, bith sides wanted to gain the edge and initially it was the Brewers, who raced into a 13-7 first-quarter lead, led by game MVP Niel Gillard, Dave Thomas and Wissam Elkak.

Lloyd had instructed his side to win the battle of the boards and they did, Ben Scott, Jose Gonzalez and Joe Hughes all playing their part in claiming those vital rebounds.

The Bulldogs, like their namesake, were determined however and never allowed the Brewers to get too far ahead. By the half the Brewers still led, but by just two points as the hosts found their range and began to rack up the points.

By the end of the third the Bulldogs had a single point lead at 39-38, despite the efforts of Elkak, Alex Jones, Jay Redbond and Cam Blundell injecting energy into thre Brewers traditionally tricky third quarter.

For the final quarter Lloyd decided to throw one more big change agt the home side – switching to a high pressure man defence.

Initially it had the desired effect, however the Bulldogs three-point shooting, coupled with the Brewers now tied up in foul trouble, allowed them to keep the score ticking over enough to edge ahead and claim a place in the final on June 10.

After the game Lloyd was gracious to their opponents.

“Good luck to the Bulldogs in the final,” he said. “That was a hell of a game and losing it hurts, that’s true. But we gave it everything we had, as we have all season, and every single Brewer can stand up and be proud of their contribution to this game and this season.

“We’ve beaten every expectation we set this season and I think we’ve surprised a few people along the way too. We have a few weeks off due to venue availability but we will be back as soon as we can to build on this and refocus on next season.”

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