The Weekend Wrap 2018-19 Week 2

  Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday 29th September

Mystics WBBL 87-46 Durham Palatinates

The Mystics opened their 2018-19 WBBL campaign with an emphatic victory against Durham Palatinates on Saturday afternoon at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

With the Palatinates only having 5 players available, they came with a 6th who got injured during the warm-ups, the Mystics were able to spread the minutes to the full squad after the starters open up a sizable lead.

The Mystics were led by Georgia Jones who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal, with Rheanne Bailey adding 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block, Natalie Chaloner had 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block, new-comer Evelyn Ovner had 11 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals, Samantha Roscoe had a double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks, another new-comer Jorjah Smith had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and Mystics junior Jade Mbam had 8 points (3/3 from the field in just 6 minutes on court).

Magic U18 66-89 Myerscough College

Magic U18 opened their Premier North campaign with loss to local rivals Myerscough College.

Sheffield Hatters 52-62 Mystics U18

Mystics U18 opened their North campaign with a visit to Sheffield Hatters to face off with their Yorkshire rivals.

The game got off to a nervy start, with neither team able to assert themselves on the other. Scoring would be at a premium as the first quarter was dominated by defence, with Mystics heading into the interval 2 point to the good.

The Mancunian side would use their defence to key an improved offensive output, as they capitalised on fast break opportunities on the back of some suffocating defence. The guests would gain some separation in the scoreboard to the tune of an 8-point half time cushion.

The third quarter saw Manchester establish a better rhythm on the offensive end, as improved ball movement produced better quality looks at the basket. Growing in confidence, Mystics’ advantage would increase into double digits, leading by 14 at the end of the period.

The fourth quarter had a very stop-start tempo to it, as fouls became an issue for both sides, interrupting any previous pattern of play in the contest. Sheffield would claw back part of their deficit to end the game in a 10-point hole, Mystics having done just about enough to keep them at arms length, and claim their first league win at the first time of asking.

Bradford Dragons 35-139 Magic U16

Magic U16 move to 2-0 in the Premier North after a mammoth victory on the road against Bradford Dragons.

Oldham Eagles Black 43-72 Trafford U16 National Cup Round 2

Trafford U16 advance to round 3 of the National Cup Round 2 after victory against North West 1 league's Oldham Eagles Black. Trafford U16 will face Manchester Giants at home in round 3.

Magic 2 U16 81-64 Tameside

Magic 2 U16 opened their North West 2 league campaign with a victory over local-rivals Tameside.

Lancashire Spinners Rossendale 31-111 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 opened their North West 1 league campaign in resounding fashion with victory against local rivals Lancashire Spinners Rossendale.

Magic 3 U14 30-101 Stockport Falcons

Magic 3 U14 moved to 1-1 in the North West 2 league after a disheartening loss to local-rivals Stockport Falcons.


Sunday 30th September

Bradford Dragons 94-71 Magic Seniors National Trophy

Magic seniors crashed out of the National Trophy after defeat at Bradford Dragons saw the Magic finish 3rd in Group A, with the Dragons advancing to the Semi-Finals after beating Team Newcastle on Saturday.

Unfortunately there was an issue with the Live Stats so we have no statistics available from the game at the time of writing. We do know that Josh Houghton top scored with 30 points, with Loick Pouale on debut had 12 points and Jonathan Barnes had 9 points.

Manchester Giants 44-101 Magic U18 National Cup Round 2

Magic U18 followed up their disappointing loss against Myerscough College on Saturday with a convincing victory in the National Cup round 2 against North West League's Manchester Giants. Magic U18 advance to round 3, where they will travel to City of Leeds Basketball Academy (Allerton).

West Bromwich Albion 36-102 Magic U16 National Cup Round 2

Magic U16 followed up their mammoth victory against Bradford Dragons on Saturday with another convincing victory, this time in the National Cup Round 2 against Midlands West League's West Bromwich Albion, to advance to the round 3 where Magic U16 will face winner of City of Birmingham Rockets at home.

Derby Trailblazers 74-73 Mystics U16 National Cup Round 1

Mystics U16 lost a close one in the National Cup Round 1 against fellow Premier North side Derby Trailblazers.

City of Leeds 47-94 Magic U14

Magic U14 opened their Premier North campaign with a victory against Yorkshire rivals City of Leeds.

Tameside Royals Blue 9-76 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 opened their North League campaign with a substantial victory against local rivals Tameside Royals Blue.

Coach Jim's report

Mystics U14 tipped off their regular season with a short trip to Hyde, the town, not the park, to play Tameside Blue last Sunday. BE have adopted an 'all must play' policy for this age group during a first half of 5 on 5 off across 4 x 5 minute quarters. (Hardly enough time to boil a kettle!) This suits us in that we always try to develop every player rather than rely on the chosen few to get the job done. The only drawback is that it is geared towards having just 10 players and we have 12 so 2 inevitably miss out each time.

Our opening, rather than starting, 5 of Olivia Forster, Daisy Bryan, Saffron Erving-Murphy, Holly Stones and Anita Oboavwodou contains lots of vowels and lots of pace! It proved to be as well balanced as the great 19th century French tight rope walker Charles Blondin. The rebounding prowess of Anita, the assured passing of Olivia and Daisy and the hard running of Holly and Saffron gave us an early 17-2 from which Tameside never recovered, despite trying hard all game.

Tameside's decision to press us throughout- something we didn't do - was good experience for our next 5 of Emily Taylor, Ndey Mahmoud, Jo Vourliotis, Jouna Albaid and Eleni Vourliotis. Emily and Ndey worked well in tandem- by that, I don't mean they used a 2 seater bicycle to ride through the defenders. They merely combined effectively. This enabled Eleni to show some nice touches in the post, Jo to display her medium range shooting ability and Jouna to show that she has more energy than Battersea Power Station.

Olivia then showed us that she has the ability to score in greater variety than Heinz. Those of you who don't understand the reference will need to ask an old person to explain! Daisy remained as composed as Mozart while every other Mystic played exceptional defence so that by half-time the contest was effectively over at 45-7.

During a low tempo second half, we maintained our defensive intensity but were far more deliberate on offense. This required considerable maturity from such young players and I was impressed with the way they all shared the basketball, looking for different ways to score against determined opponents. A 76-9 victory in a game which was superbly officiated (referees and table) was pleasing but means little in the greater scheme of things and there is still much to work on.

Thanks to James and Sam for your assistance and to all parents etc. for your much-valued support. Next game- Mersey Mavericks at home on Saturday at 3:30pm.


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