The Cheshire Brewers finally got their hands on the North Wales Basketball Association League Trophy at the end-of-season awards.
Hosted by the Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn, Flintshire, the awards saw the Brewers collect their trophy and medals for topping the regular season standings.
In addition guard Pete Arden was named point guard in the All-Star team, as well as finishing second in the three-point scoring race.
Fellow Brewer Rob Smith was second in the Top Fouler category.
The awards were collected by Chairman Adam Lloyd, Vice Chairman Alec Doyle and senior player Lester Dorozik and presented by Mark Timperley, Head Coach of Wrexham Warriors.
The injury-plagued Cheshire Brewers somehow rediscovered their form in the dying embers of their season to overcome Barry Huskies and take their place as the third best team in Wales in the Terry Price Cup.
As head coach Tom Griffiths juggled his ever-depleting roster, from somewhere the confidence returned and the runs began. Robbed of the on-court influence of Pete Arden, the youthful vigor of Danny Pearce and forced to carefully manage the struggling Steve Flanagan, MVP Iker Amuchastegui and Che Ofili, Griffiths saw his team finally dig themselves out of trouble and re-establish themselves and their natural style of play.
From the bench Adam Lloyd made a real impact, bringing energy and physicality on defence to assist teammates Rob Smith, Jake Cooke and Alan Lawrence, the four of them sharing the load as Griffiths attempted to protect those carrying knocks.
By the end the Brewers had rediscovered their swagger and though it was too late to translate into silverware this season, the side was able to put the season to bed with an uplifting performance.
The Cheshire Brewers made their first ever appearance in a national championship final at Aberystwyth University against South Wales outfit Cougars.
They were looking to bounce back from the disappointment of their loss in the North Wales League playoff final a month ago.
It was a tight game throughout the first half but the Brewers trailed by 5 at the midway point.
The third period proved crucial as the Cougars cemented their foothold on the game. The Brewers launched a mini-comeback with four minutes to go of the final quarter but it was too little, too late and the Cheshire side were left facing the prospect of a third/fourth place playoff.
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.