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NWBA: Wrexham Warriors 45 Brewers 54

25th October, 2023 | News | 0 comments

Travelling to face head coach Adam Lloyd’s former team, the Brewers set out to hand Wrexham Warriors their first loss of the season.

But this tale of two halves didnt unfold as planned. While the Brewers defence was trustworthy and solid, on offence they struggled, creating opportunities that didn’t quite fall and losing out on the boards.

As the game progressed they gradually improved, with that stalwart defence keeping them in the hunt. It bought them time to get themselves together going forward, but the Warriors are no slouches and having gained a foothold they were unwilling to back down.

In a fairly-contested game the Brewers were dealt a blow when athletic forward Joe Hughes landed awkwardly under the basket. A severe sprain meant he could take no further part in the match and forced Lloyd to recalculate.

Brewers scoring was led by MVP Niel Gillard, who posted 14 points, Marcin Fiedorowicz who added 13 and an 11-point haul from Hubert Paluch.

But the Warriors kept things close, helped in part by the Brewers struggles at the free throw line.

Nevertheless what this Brewers side has more than anything else is a will to win born out of a powerful team spirit. That inner strength meant they continued to build each quarter, keeping things tight at the back and improving at the offensive end.

Having trailed by four at the end of the third, the Brewers went on a tear in the final quarter. They left it all out there and flipped that deficit into a nine-point victory.

Afterwards Coach Lloyd was honest in his assessment.

“We didn’t play well today,” he said. “Defensively we did what we do, and the effort was there, but this team is a lot better at the scoring end than we showed in this game.

“Wrexham is always a tough place to play and you have to bring your best to come away with a result here. Fortunately as a group we are comfortable being honest with eah other to lift our performances when it matters. That honesty and trust combined with our high work rate pulled us through this one and I’m proud that we were able to dig deep and overcome both a slow start and the loss of an important player to injury to land a vital win.”

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