The Pat Sanders Cup handed Brewers Basketball a second meeting in quick succession against Deeside Dragons – but the visitors were unable to gain revenge for their league defeat.

The North Wales Senior Cup, named after league stalwart Pat Sanders, is an important competition annually for the North Wales Basketball Association and both Brewers and their hosts fielded strong line-ups.

The game also marked Lee Evans’ debut on the bench as assistant to Brewers head coach Alec Doyle.

But just like their last trip to Queensferry, the Brewerscame out of the blocks very slowly, trailing by 11 in the first quarter as they struggled to make their shots.

Defensively they were strong, but a lack of scoring, both in efficiency and volume, cost them dearly.

They rallied behind a season-high 13 points for point guard Aaron DeGuzman, but they never recovered. Seb Kuczinsky received the LMC Lighting & Electrical MVP award for his electrifying defensive effort, despite putting up just six points.

Seb Kuczinsky’s defensive effort earned him MVP honours against Deeside

“That one hurt,” said Doyle afterwards. “We played them a few weeks ago and we prepared for this game. Myself and Lee know what the team needs to improve on but none of it can be fixed overnight.

“The lads are still working hard which is all we can ask of them, but we need to get into a better game mentality and improve our communications and offensive efficiency if we want to win games.”