NWBA: Wrexham Warriors 66 Brewers Lite 54

18th December, 2023 | News | 0 comments

With Christmas on the way the fixture list threw together two teams who always face each other with ferocity and goodwill. 

Brewers Lite hit the road with low expectations, aware they were facing one of the leagues top sides, but head oach Ben Scott had a gameplan.

The Brewers changed up their basic system – looking to counter a distinct height disadvantage – but the Warriors were still able to grind out a 16-12 first quarter lead.

Patience and commitment to the plan was key for the Lite and it began to pay off in the second quarter. Easaw George claimed the MVP award as he stepped up to contribute on the scoring end and Hubert Paluch, Adam Lloyd, Hayden Kavanaugh and Andrew De Guzman also made their presence felt as the Lite edged the second quarter to cut the lead by one. 

Trailing by three at the half was not where the Lite expected to be and their confidence began to grow going into the third. With Alec Doyle setting the tone on defence with Andy Cain, Al Challenor and Aris De Guzman and Jan Santos adding to the offensive tally, the Lite capitalised on their momentum to grap a slender one-point lead going into the final quarter.

Momentum however is a fickle friend, and so it proved as the Lite, despite their best efforts, found fatigue and fortune slip away. 

Their scoring dried up as the Warriors made the necessary adjustments and capitalised on their chances. Losing top scorer and MVP George – who finished on 21 points – was a major blow but in truth this was a major learning experience for the still fledgling Lite team.

“Getting into that position was great for us and we never thought for a second that was on the cards in this game,” said Scott afterwards. “We respect the Warriors and we felt that anything we could do to get close to them would be a win, so to actually take a lead into the final quarter was definitely not in the plan.

“However, we did and it became a lesson in game management that will stand us in good stead later in the season. Taking the lead is one thing, holding it through to the end and managing the game in a smart way to secure the win is another. After this game, we will be better equipped for that next time.

“But the lads did us incredibly proud. We drew up a new system tonight on the fly as training has been a bit disrupted recently with venue issues, and the lads put it on the floor effectively. Again, that is a huge positive and we should be proud of the efforts we put out there against one of the North Wales Basketball Association’s top sides.”

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