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.