The Weekend Wrap Week 8

  Monday, November 13, 2017

Manchester Magic recorded a double victory at the weekend to remain in the hunt at the top of National League Division One – but there was controversy to go with it.

After digging deep to win at Team Newcastle University 81-78 on Saturday, the Magic overcame visitors Team Northumbria 81-76 in overtime less than 24 hours later.

The fixture against Team Northumbria, who were crowned league champions last season, proved to be a fiery affair, with the game was marred by a first quarter altercation that resulted in Stefan Gill and Ryan Lewis and four Northumbria players being disqualified.

The contest that followed was a disjointed but competitive affair, with Magic eventually coming out on top to record their fifth league win of the campaign.

Michael Anumba played all 45 minutes, registering 23 points and 14 rebounds. Donte Gittens (18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists) and Hamad Ali (17 points and 9 rebounds) also made key contributions.

Gittens (20 points), Gill (17) and Anumba (16) top-scored for Magic against Team Newcastle University.


Manchester Mystics may not have been in WBBL action but it was a weekend to remember for Georgia Jones.

The point guard won her 50th cap for Great Britain in a brilliant and entertaining 90-87 overtime victory over Israel at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester.

Jones finished with 14 points in the Group D contest as GB kicked off their Fiba 2019 Eurobasket qualifying campaign in style.


Manchester Magic's U16 first team remain unbeaten in National League action as they crushed Newcastle Eagles 92-32 at home to go top of Premier North.

There were also wins for all three Magic U14 teams. The Premier side won 88-63 at Newcastle Eagles, the North West I team recorded a 70-45 at Lancashire Spinners Rossnedale, while the third string saw off Manchester Giants Green 76-32.

The junior Mystics teams were also unbeaten at the weekend. The U18s won 75-37 at West Brom, the U16 first team won 88-28 at Oaklands College Wolves, while the U14 first team beat City of Leeds Gold 94-57.

Magic's Division Four team, the U18s and the U16 second team all suffered defeats, losing to Calderdale Explorers (85-59), Myerscough College (61-56) and Northamptonshire Titans (126-81) respectively.


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