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The Weekend Wrap Week 18

  Sunday, February 04, 2018

A last second three from Herman Senor II handed the Manchester Magic their seventh league defeat of the season, with Team Solent Kestrels picking up a one point victory, 84-83.

In a game that was close for the majority, it was looking like it would come down to the wire, and it did. Kestrel's Herman Senor II hitting a three with just 0.2 seconds remaining in the game. The Magic called a time out to draw up a play for a possible tip in, the ball was in bounded and time expired.

This means Magic are now drawn into a regulation battle, as five teams all have six wins, with the Magic currently on top of the pile in 8th spot having a superior point difference and having played less games there's opportunity to move back up the table.

Magic were led by Donte Gittens, who had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Stefan Gill had 16 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks, Michael Anumba had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, Richard Bell picked up a tidy double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, and he also had 3 blocks. Ryan Lewis just missed out on one with 9 points and 13 rebounds and Lee Goldsbrough had 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Up next the Magic, they travel to old foes Reading Rockets on Sunday 11th February at 5:00pm, looking to end the losing streak.

Manchester Mystics were beaten 64-54 at home by Nottingham Wildcats.

The Mystics struggled from the field for large parts of the game, doing well to close the gap by the end of the game to just ten points, by a sequence of good defence stopping the Wildcats scoring and going on a couple of scoring runs towards the end of the contest. Mystics slip down to 4th place in the WBBL table with a record of 9-3.

Mystics were led by Rheanne Bailey's 14 points, with Samantha Roscoe chipping in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Natalie Chaloner had 7 points, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 6 points and 5 rebounds and Dominique Allen had 5 points and 14 rebounds.

The WBBL have a weekend off as Great Britain's Women take to the floor in the EuroBasket Qualifiers, with Mystics' Dominique Allen, Georgia Jones and Samantha Roscoe in the squad of 16.

The next game for the Mystics will be on Saturday 17th February against Team Northumbria at 4:00pm at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

Magic 2 Seniors lost by a single point to Kingston Panthers, 69-68, on the road, they sit in 9th spot in the Division 4 North with a record of 5-10.

Magic U18 beat City of Leeds Basketball Academy (Allerton High) 102-75 on the road on Saturday and they made it two wins in the weekend with an 83-47 victory over Liverpool on Sunday. They sit in 3rd in the Premier North with a record of 13-3. The Magic U18 now know who they face in the National Cup Final on Saturday 24th February at Worcester Arena it will be Charnwood College Riders after they beat Haringey Hawks in the other Semi-Final this weekend.

Mystics U18 best Newcastle Eagles 73-58 on the road, they sit in 3rd in the North Division with a record of 11-3.

Magic U16 beat Mansfield Giants 76-63 on the road; they top the North Premier with a record of 11-1. Trafford U18 maintained their 100% record in the league with a 74-40 victory at Lancashire Spinners Bury; they sit in 1st place in the North West Division with a record of 7-0.

Trafford U16 lost a close game to Cheshire Phoenix, 72-68, leaving them in 7th place in the North Premier with a record of 3-9.

Mystics U16 lost 62-79 at Surrey Goldhawks on Saturday, but beat Sevenoaks Suns 91-42 at home on Sunday, they sit in 5th in the Premier with a record of 8-8. Mystics 2 U16 picked up a 77-58 victory at Northants Lightning, they sit in 4th in the North Division with a record of 6-6.

Magic U14 got a 78-68 road win at City of Leeds Gold, they sit in 2nd in the Premier North with a game in hand over leaders City of Birmingham, they have a record of 14-1. Magic 3 U14 picked up a 71-34 road win at Cheshire Phoenix 2 on Saturday and followed it up with a 73-57 victory over Oldham Eagles at home on Sunday they sit in 3rd place in the North West II Division, with a record of 11-5.

Mystics U14 earned a 70-38 road victory at local rivals Lancashire Spinners; they sit in 2nd place in the North Division with a record of 9-1.

Teams that did not play this weekend: Magic 2 U14 sit in 2nd in the North West I Division with a record of 10-4. Mystics 2 U14 sit in 7th in the North Division with a record of 2-8.

(League positions correct at time of reporting)

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