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The Weekend Wrap 2018-19 Week 1

  Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday 22nd September

Magic Seniors 74-78* Team Newcastle

Magic senior men opened their league campaign with a tightly fought overtime contest against Team Newcastle in the National Trophy. The home side led for the majority of the game, however, Team Newcastle never let the Magic get away from them keeping it close throughout (Magic's largest led was 11 points).

The saying goes the first team to score two field goals in overtime usually goes on to win the game, this proved to be the case with Team Newcastle the first team to score back-to-back field goals in the extra period. They actually opened up a 6 point lead, effectively killing the contest.

A 3-pointer in the last 30 seconds from Josh Houghton helped keep the Magic within touching distance. It was the final set of free-throws from the visitors with only seconds remaining on the clock to open up a four point lead, leaving Magic with no time to get the points required to level the contest or take the lead.

The Magic were led by captain Daniel Pilkington's 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, with support from Richard Bell who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks, Kaphel Ulett-Waul had 11 points and 4 rebounds, Andre Gayle had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals, Jonathan Barnes had 8 points and 7 rebounds and Josh Houghton had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists.

Up next for the Magic is an away trip at Bradford Dragons on Sunday 30th September at 4:15pm in the National Trophy, needing a victory to remain in with a chance of advancing to the semi-finals.

Trafford U18 70-95 City of Edinburgh

Trafford U18 opened their Premier North campaign with a tough loss to newcomers City of Edinburgh, who have entered the English leagues despite being from North of the boarder.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away game at Sheffield Sharks on Saturday 6th October.

Magic U16 83-54 Sheffield Sharks

Magic U16 opened their Premier North campaign with a comfortable victory over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Sharks.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game at Bradford Dragons on Saturday 29th September.

Trafford U16 56-46 City of Edinburgh

Trafford U16 opened their Premier North campaign with a 10 point victory City of Edinburgh, who travelled with their U18 side south of the boarder.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away cup round 2 game against lower-league opposition Oldham Eagles Black on Saturday 29th September.

Mystics U16 70-58 Ipswich

Manchester Mystics U16 tipped of the 2018/19 campaign looking to hit the ground running as they faced rivals Ipswich in a reverse of their quarter-final tie of the previous season.

An energetic opening period would see the hosts jump out to an early lead off the back of some pleasing ball movement. Defence would come to the fore as scoring dried up in the middle of the quarter, with the Manchester girls working hard to deprive their visitors of scoring opportunities. Another short scoring run saw Mystics head into the quarter break 9 points to the good.

Returning 5 players from the previous season’s Premier competition, Manchester were able to call on their experience to control the tempo of the game as they dig into their bench without losing a step. The second quarter would be a continuation of the defensive intensity of the first, and the home team knuckles down to force a number of turnovers by their opponents. Ball and player movement would keep the scoreboard ticking over to the tune of a 17 point half-time lead for the North West outfit with the aid of a smart play to beat the buzzer.

The third quarter had a more deliberate pace to it after the break neck pace of the opening half, as the Mystics guards did a good job of keeping their counterparts at arm's length, and using the clock against Ipswich as they chased the game. Improved free throw shooting allowed Manchester to slightly extend their lead to 19 ahead of the final period.

With much still to play for, the visitors displayed admirable toughness to stage a fight back, enjoying their best offensive period, clawing back 7 points in the quarter. As the final buzzer sounded, Manchester emerged with a 12-point victory in a well played, physical contest that was a good advert for the league.

The result places Mystics on a 1-0 record after the first round of league play.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away cup round 1 game at Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 30th September.

 

Magic 3 U14 96-29 Mersey Mavericks

Magic 3 U14 started their league campaign off in emphatic fashion with a substantial margin of victory over Merseyside rivals Mersey Mavericks.

Up next for Magic 3 U14 is a home game against local-rivals Stockport Falcons on Saturday 29th September.

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