The Weekend Wrap Week 10

  Monday, November 27, 2017

Manchester Magic suffered a double defeat at the weekend as illness and suspension left the squad short of numbers.

They put in a fighting performance at Team Northumbria on Saturday night, going down 83-71 despite 26 points for Donte Gittens ans 23 for Michael Anumba.

Then, with Gittens missing because of sickness and Stefan Gill serving the second game of a three-match ban, the Magic fell to a 83-98 home defeat to Worthing Thunder.

Not even 27 points from Hamad Ali – 21 of which came in the first half – could deny the Thunder as Magic slipped to seventh in the Division One table, albeit just four points off leaders Loughborough Student Riders.

Ryan Lewis also had an influential game against Worthing, scoring 15 points and collecting 12 rebounds. Anumba added 20 points to his weekend tally.

Magic's next outing is a short trip to winless Lancashire Spinners on Saturday (5.45pm).


It was a disappointing weekend, too, for Manchester Mystics in the WBBL Cup, as they went down to a 76-86 home defeat to Caledonia Pride in the quarter-finals.

Lauren Thomas-Johnson, who played all but two minutes of the contest, scored 25 points for the Mystics, with Georgia Jones adding 14 points and 10 assists.

Rheanne Bailey (11) and Samantha Roscoe (10) also made it into double figures for scoring.

The Mystics return to league action on Saturday, when they host Leicester Riders at the National Basketball Performance Centre (4pm).


There was knockout woe, too, for the Mystics U16s, who lost 69-60 to Sheffield Hatters in the last eight of the National Cup less than 24 hours after making a 384-mile round trip to Haringey for a league game against the Angels.

The Mystics were beaten 66-37 in London but still remain in the hunt for honours.

Elsewhere, Magic's U18s boosted their league aspirations with a double win, recording a 67-61 victory at Sheffield Junior Sharks on Saturday before easing past Cheshire Phoenix 76-55 on Sunday.

There were also victories for the Magic and Mystics U14 first teams. Magic U14s won 65-44 at Manchester Giants to retain second place in the Premier North table, while the Mystics put in a very classy display to beat Hatfield Fliers 82-57 (report).

Magic's U14 third team again showed plenty of fighting spirit in a 76-40 loss at Lancashire Spinners, while the Mystics U16 second team were edged out 63-59 at Stockport Lapwings. An injury-hit Trafford Magic U16s lost 62-32 at home to Cheshire Wire.


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