The Brewers came straight back into action from the Christmas break with no training sessions for a week of games that would make – or break – their season.
Their first opponents? Wrexham Raiders. The Raiders are a tough, organised team that on their day are a threat to anyone.
Knowing this, the Brewers locked in early, switching up their tactical plan to try to establish an early lead.
Head Coach Adam Lloyd’s plan worked, as the visitors raced into a 20-4 first quarter lead. Captain Dave Thomas was the driving force, pushing the team on and ensuring they maintained their pressure in a performance deemed worthy of the MVP award.
As expected, the Raiders bounced back, adjusting to what the Brewers put on the floor and making the second quarter a much closer affair. It ended 19-11 as Lloyd’s men moved up a gear in the latter minutes toi crank up the scoring and extend their lead.
The third quarter really blew the game up for the Brewers however. They came out hard and shocked the home side with wave after wave of attack and solid defence.
By the end of the third, the Brewers had achieved something not done by the club for quite some time – a total shut-out. They scored 23 points without conceding a basket and effectively ended the game as a contest with a 62-15 lead.
But in such a crucial week for the North Wales Basketball Association standings, the Brewers couldn’t let up. They continued to press in the fourth, extending their lead yet further as Thomas finished top scorer with 25, Niel Gillard dropped 18, Easaw Gerorge added 11, Hubert Paulch put up 10 with the rest of their points spread out to finish 77-19 winners.
Afterwards Coach Lloyd said: “Coming straight off the Christmas break to deliver a performance like that is a real boost at an important time for the Brewers.
“We refuse to take the Raiders lightly, they are a good team and deserve to be respected and we did that. We had a gameplan and we executed it well. At the start of the seaon we set out out goals and ambitions for this campaign and tonight’s game was key to achieving that. for the lads to deliver the way they did gives us all confidence that we can achieve those goals.
“Finally I want to shout out Dave Thomas for his MVP award. He has been a great leader for ths team all season and sometimes his performances have been overlooked. But he always puts in an MVP effort and we’re all thrilled he took it home this time.”