The Weekend Wrap Week 23

  Sunday, March 11, 2018

Manchester Magic had a comfortable 101-66 victory at home against local rivals Lancashire Spinners on Saturday evening.

The Magic started the game sluggishly, allowing the visitors to drain seven threes in the first period of the game to take a 30-25 lead into the quarter break. Magic were sparked into live towards the end of the first by Stefan Gill coming off the bench and draining threes of his own.

The second quarter saw Magic quickly gain the lead, and from there on out the margin grew in the right direction for the home side, with the visitors fading as the game progressed.

Magic were led by Donte Gittens (20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks), with valuable contributions from Michael Anumba (18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists), Stefan Gill (16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals), Ryan Lewis (16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists) and Lee Goldsbrough (10 points and 7 rebounds).

A Manchester Magic second half fight back saw them edge Leicester Warriors 64-59 in a thrilling yet low-scoring contest at the Amaechi Basketball Centre on Sunday evening.

The Magic trailed for the majority of the game but never let the lead get too far away from them. The Warriors sat in a zone for the full forty minutes and the Magic initially found it difficult to adjust offensively; they did find a way to break it down by the mid-way point in the third quarter. It wasn't until the mid-point in the fourth that they took the lead and from there they hung on to claim a hard fought victory. Magic are now officially safe from the drop and still well in the running for a place in the play-offs, currently sat in 8th place, with games in hand over their closest rivals.

Magic were again led by Donte Gittens (16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists), with double-doubles from Richard Bell (10 points, 12 rebounds plus 2 blocks) and Ryan Lewis (10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists). Stefan Gill chipped in with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

Up next the Magic is a home game against Bradford Dragons on Saturday 17th March at 6:30pm at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, followed by an away trip to Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 18th March at 4:15pm. It will be another tough weekend!

Manchester Mystics fall to a 73-60 defeat at Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Rheanne Bailey (14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals), with contributions from Dominique Allen (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks), Georgia Jones (7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 points), Lauren Thomas-Johnson (9 points) and Charlotte Stoddart (8 points and 3 rebounds).

The next game for the Mystics will be on Friday 16th March against Cardiff Met Archers at 7:15pm at the National Basketball Performance Centre, followed by an away trip to Durham Palatinates on Sunday 18th March at 3:00pm.

Magic 2 Seniors play on Tuesday 13th March against Stockport Falcons at 6:30pm at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Trafford U18 beat Cheshire Wire 2 109-43 at home. Trafford U18 have one game remaining against Barrow Thorns date and time to be confirmed.

Mystics U18 beat West Bromwich Albion 81-26 on the road. Mystics U18 have three games remaining.

Mystics 2 U16 lost a close one, 72-68, at Leicester Warriors. Mystics 2 U16 have three games remaining.

Magic U14 beat Newcastle Eagles 73-61 on the road, Magic U14 have one game left to play, it will be a Premier North title decider at City of Birmingham on Saturday 17th March (TBC).

Magic 2 U14 beat Cheshire Phoenix Juniors 82-67 at home to finish their North West I season with a record of 13-5. Cheshire Phoenix Juniors have one game remaining which will impact on Magic 2 U14's final league placing; Magic 2 U14 will finish either 3rd or 4th in the North West I. If Cheshire Phoenix Juniors win their last game they will take 3rd, as they would have an equal record to Magic 2 U14 and they hold the head-to-head record by 2 points.

Magic 3 U14 beat Manchester Giants Green 71-34 at home. Magic 3 U14 have two games remaining.

Mystics U14 beat the young Tameside Royals Juniors 120-30 on the road. Mystics U14 finish with a 13-1 record, their final placing depends on the result of Sheffield Hatters against Hatfield Fliers, and if Sheffield wins the Hatters will take top spot as they would have an equal record to the Mystics and hold the head-to-head record by 6 points.

Mystics 2 U14 lost 73-25 at home to Sheffield Hatters. Mystics 2 U14 have one game remaining against Hatfield Fliers on Saturday 24th March at 1:00pm at home.


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