by Vlad Ionasc
The Nix were unlucky to exit the tournament so early, as they displayed a great level of play on both ends of the court. The team made the most of their power-plays as they accumulated 16 points after Ben Thomas pressed the Golden Buzzer. Both games went down to the wire and Phoenix were simply dealt a bad hand in both instances.
Cheshire Phoenix started the tournament with a loss, despite leading for the majority of the game. The Nix used their power-play to good effect, while the Riders accumulated zero points during their power-play. A silly foul on a hail-mary attempt from the Riders gifted the opponents the win.
The Nix unfortunately also lost their second game against the Newcastle Eagles and crashed out of the tournament. It was a more balanced game this time round, with both teams accumulating 30 points with just two possesions remaining. Disraeli Lufadeju missed a three-pointer which would’ve won Cheshire the game, while Rahmon Fletcher finished off a lay-up at the other end with just one second remaining to give the Eagles the win.
The final of the tournament was contested between the London Lions and the Sheffield Sharks. The Lions emerged victorious 39-33 after a thrilling game in which both sides used the power-play effectively. Brandon Peel of the Lions was crowned 2019 All-Star MVP.