In just 24 hours the Cheshire Brewers will compete for their first-ever national title when they travel to Aberystwyth University for the Terry Price Cup.
The prestigious competition pits the top teams in North Wales against the top sides in South Wales. This year’s competition features the Brewers – who won the North Wales League title and finished runners up in the playoffs, Mold Magic, who just pipped the Brewers to the playoff title and South Wales sides Barry Bears and Cougars Basketball.
The winners will be crowned Welsh National Champions. Tomorrow there will be regular updates from both Brewers games, on Facebook Live, twitter and Instagram so if you’re not joining us on the road you don’t need to miss a thing! Our first game will tip off at around 1.30pm.
After a long and hard fought season the North Wales Basketball Association Championship title came down to a final between the Brewers and Mold Magic.
Despite the Brewers winning the regular season title, the game was hosted by Mold and it was hard-fought from the off. The Brewers led for almost the entire game, holding a 10-point advantage at the half.
A slow start in the third allowed the Magic back in and they took full advantage, closing the gap to just three points.
The momentum swing was always likely to prove difficult to turn around and despite a rousing teamtalk from head coach Tom Griffiths, the Brewers couldn’t rediscover their game in the fourth and as the lead slipped and tempers frayed the title slipped away.
It was only the Brewers’ second loss in two years and the team will now regroup to focus on the forthcoming Terry Price Welsh National Cup, which takes place in Aberystwyth in May.
These sides met at Ellesmere Port Catholic High in the post season with the Brewers looking to settle a score.
The Warriors had beaten them in the regular season meeting at Cathy High – the first team in two years to beat the Brewers on home turf – so Tom Griffiths’ men came out looking to make amends and secure their first ever North Wales League Playoff final berth.
The Brewers started at a blistering pace and immediately put the Warriors on the back foot. Led by the experienced heads of Steve Flanagan, Pete Arden and Mike Embaye the Brewers got into the visitors and refused to let up.
Flanagan ended the game as MVP along with Chris Alimi for the Warriors. The Brewers now go on to the finals weekend in Mold.
The Cheshire Brewers officially claimed the North Wales Basketball Association Regular Season league title last night at Caernarfon Kings.
The Brewers needed to win the game to ensure the title but player/head coach Tom Griffiths still put faith in a number of role players who stepped in and were able to deliver the victory.
The home side battled hard and at times asked questions of the league leaders, staging a spirited third-quarter fightback. But led by a 26-point haul from Byron Ward and assured work in the guard positions by Jake Cooke and Griffiths, the Brewers were able to enjoy the long trip back as champions, securing them home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Brewers MVP was awarded to Tom Griffiths, with the Kings MVP going to Jordan Jones.
The Brewers’ final home game of the 2016/17 North Wales League regular season was a hard-fought contest against a determined Celts side.
Missing their big men, the Brewers had to make adjustments and in the early stages the Celts ran them close.
It was hard defensive work that set the Brewers apart in this one and ensured they held enough of an advantage that when they hit a run, they were able to protect their lead.
Injuries and absences brought a great opportunity for some of this season’s fringe players to get minutes, something which should give the Brewers strength in depth come the Playoffs.
Brewers MVP was Michael Embaye, the catalyst for the home team’s most potent offensive plays while Player/Head Coach Tom Griffiths was top scorer with 15pts.
For the visitors Niall Williams hit 28pts and was named MVP.
A tough battle at Glyndwr University saw two teams put their bodies on the line to grind out a result, but it was the Brewers who emerged victorious.
Wrexham Warriors, the team which ended the Brewers two-year unbeaten streak at home before Christmas, came out looking to dull the Brewers cutting edge through tough, physical basketball.
But their efforts were not enough to counteract the Brewers, who remained top of the North Wales League a point clear of Deeside Dragons.
The Brewers won three of four quarters. Trailing 14-10 after the first, the Warriors bounced back to lead at the half 29-27.
But they were slow out of the blocks in the third, losing the quarter 16-5 and allowing the Brewers to kick on and claim the points.
The Brewers top scorer was player/head coach Tom Griffiths with 14pts while Michael Embaye claimed the MVP honour.
Cheshire Brewers clocked up their eighth win of the season in the North Wales League against a battling Mold side.
Iker Amuchastegui stood out for the home side as he logged 22 points to lead the Brewers scorers and claim the MVP award but the scoreline belied the passionate performance of both sides.
Indeed, emotions ran so high the Brewers received their first technical foul of the campaign – this is the deepest they have ever gone into a season before receiving their first T.
For the visitors Shannon Staples took the MVP honour.
It was an important win for the Brewers however. As they enter the final few regular season games, maintaining distance between them and teams capable of a late surge – which Mold definitely could – may prove critical when it comes to deciding playoff teams and positions.