The Weekend Wrap 2018-19 Week 3

  Sunday, October 07, 2018

Saturday 6th October

Cardiff Met Archers 67-84 Mystics WBBL

Mystics WBBL moved to 2-0 in the WBBL Championship, after the Mystics travelled to Wales to face Cardiff Met Archers on Saturday afternoon.

The Mystics were led by Georgia Jones who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, with plentiful back up from Natalie Chaloner (15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals), Jarjah Smith (12 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal), Sam Roscoe (11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), Evelyn Ovner (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal), Rheanne Bailey (8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals) and Charlotte Stoddart (8 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal).

Up next for the Mystics WBBL is a home tie against BA London Lions on Saturday 13th October at 4:00pm, at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

QE York Knights 66-104 Magic U18

Magic U18 moved to 1-1 in the Premier North after a victory on the road at QE York Knights on Saturday.

Up next for Magic U18 is their round 3 National Cup tie at City of Leeds Basketball Academy (Allerton) on Sunday 14th October.

Sheffield Sharks 71-85 Trafford U18

Trafford U18 moved to 1-1 in the Premier North after a victory on the road at Sheffield Sharks on Saturday.

Up next for Trafford U18 was a National Cup game on Sunday 7th October at Myerscough College, find out how they got on below.

Derby Trailblazers 65-71 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 2-0 in the Premier North after a victory on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday.

Up next for Trafford U16 is their round 3 National Cup tie at home to in city rivals Manchester Giants on Sunday 14th October.

Mystics U16 63-62 Nottingham Wildcats

Mystics U16 moved to 2-0 in the Premier North after a close victory at home against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday.

Up next for Mystics U16 was a home game on Sunday 7th October against Oaklands Wolves, find out how they got on below.

Report by Coach Mpofu

The Manchester Basketball Centre was treated to an electric contest, with Nottingham Wildcats the visitors in the U16 Girls Premier.

The home team got off to a poor start, as they sleepwalked to a 4-19 deficit early on, with Nottingham well worth their lead as the aggressors in the contest. A pair of late scores for the Mystics took them into the quarter break down 8-21.

The Mystics would shake out of their funk in the second quarter, re-discovering their missing aggression to fight back into the contest. Strong defence was paired with efficient offence to claw back the lions share of the Wildcats lead, heading into the halftime break trailing only 32-33 on the back of hot jump shooting.

The third quarter would prove to be a much tighter affair, as the defences of both teams stepped up to try and gain some control of proceedings. Some timely 3-point shooting allowed Manchester to take the lead for the first time in the period, going into the final interval with a slim 1 point lead.

The fourth quarter would develop into a real back and forth as neither team were willing to give an inch in search of victory. The final minute saw the lead change hands 3 times, the final time on a game-clinching layup out of an out-of-bounds play to see the Mystics home in a fantastic advert for junior girls’ basketball.

West Lancs Warriors 82-28 Magic 3 U14

Magic 3 U14 moved to 1-2 in the North West 2 league after a loss on the road at West Lancs Warriors on Saturday.

Up next for Magic 3 U14 is a home game against Oldham Eagles Red on Saturday 13 October at 3:30pm.

Mystics U14 96-16 Mersey Mavericks

Mystics U14 moved to 2-0 in the North league after an empathic victory at home to Mersey Mavericks on Saturday.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 21st October at 3:00pm.

Report by Coach Jim

Although they ended up being as well beaten as a scrambled egg, the recently formed Mersey Mavericks performed better than a couple of Henry VIII's wives in that, rather than lose their heads, they can hold them high for the effort and enthusiasm they brought to our centre last Saturday. They showed praiseworthy spirit and togetherness despite being up against some highly efficient basketball from the more experienced Mystics U14. To their credit, Mavericks kept going right to the end and are a welcome addition to the league.

Mystics wasted no time in establishing a commanding 31 point lead at 36-5 after just 10 minutes with Olivia Forster, Emily Taylor and Daisy Bryan (all of whom are far more reliable than my alarm clock) pulling the strings. The pace of Saffron Erving-Murphy, Anna Collier, Anita Oboavwoduo and Holly Stones was quick enough to win the Greyhound Derby, making our fast break difficult to stop for our gallant opponents. It wasn't quite so easy for Anita, Esha Nayar or Jo and Eleni Vourliotis as they were pitched against Mersey]'s trio of 6 footers. All 4 Mystics battled manfully, or rather, young ladyfully, on the boards and rose to the occasion (literally) most encouragingly.

Thereafter, the whole team, especially our guards, showed great maturity for an under 14 side by following instructions to slow down proceedings. Rather than score almost at will (or George or Harry) on the break, everyone moved the ball around the perimeter with more precision than that required to be a master calligrapher. This had the desired effect of creating plenty of open mid-range shots, some of which even went in!

I extended the 5 on 5 off regulation for 1st halves into the whole of the second half so that every Mystic had 20 minutes court time apiece. Our 2 fives proved to be more well-matched than Elizabeth Taylor was in any of her 8 marriages (all of which went for a Burton one way or another!

There was much to be admired in our overall performance, not least the fact that there was an even spread of points. 5 players scored in double figures - it really doesn't matter who they were. More importantly, our evident strength in depth is certainly well-suited to the new 'all must play' policy in this age group. Just how well may be tested in our next game at home to Derby who are invariably very well organised and should provide a tough test for our girls.

Thanks to Sam, Jim, Karun and Mark for their assistance as well as to all our supporters.


Sunday 7th October

Leicester Warriors 72-68 Magic Seniors

Magic seniors opened the NBL Division One League campaign with an agonising loss on the road to Leicester Warriors on Sunday.

The Magic were led by Loick Pouale (14 points and 4 rebounds), with contributions from Daniel Pilkington (13 points and 10 rebounds), Andre Gayle (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block), Josh Houghton (11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists) and Jonathan Barnes (8 points and 11 rebounds).

Up next for Magic Seniors face an away tie in the National Cup round 3 against Derbyshire Arrows on Sunday 14th October at 4:15pm.

Captain's thoughts

Magic Captain Daniel Pilkington reflected on the game, "Now, don’t get me wrong I am in no way satisfied with a loss, however, we as a team and club can take a lot of positives from that performance.

"The team showed great spirit, work ethic and grit, we just fell short at the end.

"With the aim of this season being development of the juniors, it’s clear to see we are certainly doing something right; I thought all our juniors today did their jobs on and off the bench. They showed a lot of maturity through the course of the game and didn’t look out of place. The support from them and the bench today was defiantly what we need to boost us throughout the game.

"At half time we discussed being able to step up a gear, and that 3rd quarter we came out and proved it. Throughout the rest of the game we didn’t drop that intensity but Leicester managed to get themselves back within touching distance and eventually grinded out the win.

"There was no one specific reason we lost the game today, but we defiantly didn’t go down without a fight. The positives definitely outweighed the negatives today.

"I say before every game ‘if we can all walk off the floor knowing we’ve given 100% then we will be ok going forward’. Work hard, have fun and get better is my 'preach' this year (and of course, WIN).

"We will get back to winning ways, we are getting better every time out, [we are] more confident, knowing each other’s games better and communicating better.

"I’m very positive about our players, coaches and club this season and I’m looking forward to getting a few wins on the board and that will come. The only way forward is continue to come together, grow as a team and play positively for one another. We are not a team to write off; we are young, hungry and ready.

"This week we iron out the creases and push on. Together."

Myerscough College 106-59 Trafford U18 National Cup Round 2

Trafford U18 followed up their victory against Sheffield Sharks on Saturday with a sizeable defeat in the National Cup round 2 against fellow Premier North rivals Myerscough College.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away trip in the Premier North at Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 13th October at 4:00pm

Mystics U18 99-33 Stockport Lapwings

Mystics U18 moved to 2-0 in the North league after a mammoth victory at home against Stockport Lapwings on Sunday.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 13th October at 2:00pm followed by a home tie in the National Cup round 2 against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday 14th October at 12:30pm.

Mystics U16 80-75 Oaklands Wolves

Mystics U16 followed up their victory against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday with another tight victory this time against Oaklands Wolves on Sunday to move to 3-0 in the Premier North.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away trip to Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 20th October at 12:30pm.

City of Leeds 43-56 Mystics 2 U16

Mystics 2 U16 opened their North league campaign with a victory on the road at Yorkshire rivals City of Leeds.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is an away trip to Hatfield Fliers on Saturday 13th October at 2:15pm.

Magic 2 U14 43-52 Manchester Giants Green

Magic 2 U14 moved to 1-1 in the North West 1 League after a home loss to in city rivals Manchester Giants Green.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away trip to Mersey Mavericks Purple on Saturday 13th October at 5:00pm.

Sheffield Hatters 29-35 Mystics U12 and Bury Spinners 8-86 Mystics U12

Mystics U12 continued their U12 Girls Northern Basketball League campaign with a tournament in Sheffield, where they narrowly beat Sheffield Hatters and then followed it up by thrashing Bury Spinners.

Up next for Mystics U12 is a tournament against Sheffield Hatters and Derby Trailblazers in Sheffield on Sunday 11th November.



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