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The Weekend Wrap Week 5

  Monday, October 23, 2017

Lee Goldsbrough grabbed 17 rebounds and Donte Gittens claimed 20 points but Manchester Magic suffered their first loss of the 2017/18 season when they went down 91-82 at Division One rivals Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday.

Magic started brilliantly, shooting out to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter, and were still ahead at halftime, 41-38.

But Solent hit back in the third to lead 62-59 and extended their advantage in the fourth to close out victory.

Goldsbrough finished with 10 points as well as 13 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive, with Stefan Gill (19 points), Hamad Ali (14 points) and Michael Anumba (13 points) also making important contributions.

Magic drop to fourth in National League Division One, with two wins and one defeat from their opening three games.

Their next outing is against Liverpool on Sunday 29th October at 5pm in the fourth round of the National Cup.

 

Manchester Mystics came close to pulling off a great comeback at WBBL rivals Sevenoaks Suns on Sunday.

They were 26-9 and 39-18 down during the first half before storming into a 50-47 lead after winning the third quarter 22-8.

But despite 26 points from Lauren Thomas-Johnson and 16 from Georgia Jones, Sevenoaks rallied to take a 67-62 victory and inflict a second WBBL defeat of the season on the visitors.

The Mystics are next in action on Saturday 4th November at 3pm, when they host BA London Lions.

 

It was a winning weekend for Magic's juniors, with a clean sweep of victories for the U14s and U16s.

The U14 first team beat Premier North rivals Leicester Riders 77-26, the second team dug deep to edge past West Lancs Warriors 52-49 in North West I, while the third team made it two successive wins in North West II with a 73-49 defeat of Cheshire Wire White.

The U16 first team remained undefeated in Premier North as they eased to a 109-56 win at City of Birmingham, while the second team, Trafford Magic, recorded their first league victory in Premier North thanks to a 71-48 home win over Liverpool Red.

There was also a big win for the Mystics U16 first team, who overcame Premier rivals Ipswich 75-38 at home, while the second team showed great promise and fighting spirit in a 76-59 home defeat to North opponents Derby Trailblazers.

In an all-Mystics battle in the U14 North division, the first team beat the seconds 104-34, while the Mystics U18s defeated well-drilled local rivals Stockport Lapwings 63-28. 

Magic's U18 team were inactive this weekend after their game against Cheshire Wire was postponed, while there was no game for the Division Four side.

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