Magic shake off the rust with pre-season victory over USA Select

  Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Manchester Magic began their pre-season campaign with a battling 58-55 win over USA Select at the Amaechi Basketball Centre on Monday night.

Deng Camp star Michael Anumba top-scored for the home side with 15 points, adding 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, while Lee Goldsbrough weighed in with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.

It was also a good night for Loreto College teenager Wesley Oba, who wowed the home fans with two big blocks. Another Magic teenager, Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo, played almost 11 minutes, converting two free throws.

Magic dominated the first half, building up a 16-point lead in front of a vocal crowd.

But that advantage was completely wiped out in the third quarter as the American tourists took it 17-0 with some strong pressing.

Both teams could have taken the win but it was Magic who came out on top in the first of four warm-up games for Paul Middleton's side.

Their next outing is against Boroughmuir Blaze from Edinburgh at the ABC on Friday at 8pm.




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