The Weekend Wrap Week 3

  Monday, October 9, 2017

Stefan Gill scored 31 points in a 79-69 win over Kent Crusaders as Manchester Magic made a winning start to their National League Division One campaign on Saturday.

Gill, who missed the first two games of the season because of suspension, added five steals and two assists as he wowed the crowd with some sharp-shooting.

Without the injured Donte Gittens, Magic started strongly, leading 21-12 after the first quarter and then 38-31 at the half.

Gill had only eight points by this stage, but ramped up the scoring in the second half as a youthful Kent side threatened a comeback.

Michael Anumba (15), Hamad Ali (13) and Ryan Lewis (12) also made it into double figures, with Lee Goldsbrough collecting 10 rebounds.

Magic face a trip to Leicester Warriors on Saturday before hosting Derbyshire Arrows in round three of the National Cup on Sunday (5pm).


Georgia Jones (23) and Lauren Thomas-Johnson (18) scored 41 points between them but it was not enough to stop Manchester Mystics from slipping to a 80-71 home defeat to Sheffield Hatters on Saturday.

Mystics, who opened with a fantastic road win at Team Northumbria last week, began well but lost the second quarter 21-11 and the third 23-16 to trail 62-48 with one remaining.

Gianna Woods topped the scoring for the visitors with 21 points, with Steph Gandy (17) and Helen Naylor (15) also making key contributions.

The Mystics are at home again this weekend, entertaining WBBL newbies Durham Palatinates, who lost 92-37 to Sheffield in their first game of the season.


There were big National Cup wins for Magic's U18 and U16 teams this weekend, plus a number of gutsy performances from the club's other junior teams.

Mystics U14's second team claimed a nail-biting 54-52 away win at Tameside Royals Juniors for their first league victory, while Magic U14's third team impressed and surprised in a fighting 76-59 loss to an older and bigger Lancashire Spinners outfit.

Magic U14's first and second teams were both victorious, beating Manchester Giants 94-43 and Cheshire Wire Green 90-20 respectively, while Trafford U16s, Magic's second team, made it through to round three of the National Cup with a comprehensive 92-76 win at Worcester Bears.

There were joined in the third round by the U16 first team, who beat Shropshire Warriors 132-53, and Magic U18s, who defeated Frankley Falcons, 102-36.

Mystics U16's were also in National Cup action but bowed out 73-32 in round one at Northants Lightning.

There were also league losses for Magic's Division Four team, Magic U18s and Trafford U16s.


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