Cheshire Brewers collect League trophy at end-of-season awards

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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.

NWBA: Caernarfon Kings 48 Cheshire Brewers 81

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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.

 

NWBA: Cheshire Brewers 80 Caernarfon Celts 64

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.

NWBA: Wrexham Warriors 49 Cheshire Brewers 63

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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.

NWBA: Cheshire Brewers 83 Mold Magic 52

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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.

NBWA: Cheshire Brewers 106 Oswestry Wizards 70

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For the second time this season the Brewers broke the magical 100-point barrier against Oswestry Wizards.

The Wizards have always been friends of the club but when there is a title to win there is business to take care of. And so it was as the Brewers took the game to their visitors.

It is worth mentioning the work of Wizards MVP Charlie Bull however, who single-handedly tried to pull his side into the game with a game-high 28-point haul.

But the speed and agility of a Brewers side boasting both MVP Tom Griffiths and Jake Cooke coupled with the presence of their big men and the return to form of top scorer Russ Brookes (15pts) was too much for the travelling side as the Brewers claimed a much-needed win.

NBWA: Deeside Dragons 59 Cheshire Brewers 78

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Cheshire Brewers returned to form to start 2017 with a bang, defeating Deeside Dragons 78-59.

Bouncing back from a disappointing end to 2016, the Brewers fired a warning to the league that their title ambitions were alive and well.

Pete Arden and Head Coach Tom Griffiths led the Brewers scorers, each bagging 14 points, but it was Michael Embaye who claimed the MVP nomination for hos performance.

The game’s top scorer was Dragons MVP Alan Duppa, who put up 17 points.