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The Weekend Wrap 2018-19 Week 11

  Sunday, December 02, 2018

Thursday 29th November

Great Britain Men 82-96 Austria

Great Britain Men opened their EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers with a loss against Austria at the National Basketball Performance Centre on Thursday evening. They faced Cyprus on Monday 3rd December in Cyprus, find out how they got on below.

Saturday 1st December

Derby Trailblazers 79-67 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 1-8 in the NBL Division One after a spirited loss on the road at Derby Trailblazers on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by Jonathan Barnes (23 points and 10 rebounds), with support from Loick Pouale (18 points, 8 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a block), Andre Gayle (11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists), Kayin Darbey (6 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal), Daniel Pilkington (4 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal) and Ty Jordan (4 points and 3 rebounds).

Up next for the Magic was a home game against Worthing Thunder on Saturday 8th December at 6:30pm in their last home game before Christmas.

Oaklands Wolves 61-82 Mystics WBBL

Mystics WBBL moved to 6-1 in the WBBL Championship after victory on the road against Oaklands Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately there was no LiveStats available for this game, so we don't have any performance data to share with you.

Up next for the Mystics was a home game against Leicester Riders on Saturday 8th December at 4:00pm.

Cheshire Wire 79-69 Trafford U18

Trafford U18 moved to 3-4 in the Premier North after a narrow loss on the road at Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against City of Leeds on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm.

Trafford U16 87-86* Sheffield Sharks

Trafford U16 moved to 6-2 in the Premier North after an epic one-point overtime victory at home against Sheffield Sharks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Sunday 9th December at 4:00pm.

Oaklands Wolves 65-35 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 moved to 6-2 in the Premier North after an uncharacteristic loss on the road at Oaklands Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 8th December at 1:00pm.

Northamptonshire Titans 67-42 Mystics 2 U16

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 3-4 in the North League after a challenging loss on the road at Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is an away game against Northants Lightning on Saturday 15th December at 1:30pm.

Oldham Eagles Red 41-100 Magic 3 U14

Magic 3 U14 moved to 4-6 in the North West 2 League after a commanding victory on the road at Oldham Eagles Red on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 3 U14 is a home game against Manchester Giants White on Saturday 8th December at 3:30pm.

Derby Trailblazers 0-20 Mystics U12

Northants Lightning 34-62 Mystics U12

Mystics U12 moved to 7-1 in the U12 Girls Northern Basketball League after two victories on the road at Northants in a three way tournament against Derby Trailblazers (who did not turn up so forfeited their games) and Northants Lightning. As their game against Derby didn't take place the Mystics played a couple of friendly games to make their journey worthwhile.

Up next for Mystics U12 is a three team tournament against Bury Spinners at 2:30pm and City of Leeds in Leeds at 4:00pm on Saturday 19th January.

Sunday 2nd December

Charnwood College Riders 68-61 Mystics U18 Cup Quarter Final

Mystics U18 were knocked out of the National Cup at the Quarter Final stage after an agonising loss on the road at Charnwood College Riders on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a home game against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday 9th December at 3:00pm.

Stirling Knights 71-100 Magic U16 Cup Quarter Final

Magic U16 advanced to the National Cup Semi-Finals after a comfortable victory on the road at Stirling Knights in the National Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday afternoon. Magic U16 will face Sussex Storm away in the Semi-Finals on Sunday 16th December.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against City of Leeds on Saturday 8th December at 3:00pm.

Magic 2 U16 87-43 Cheshire Wire White

Magic 2 U16 moved to 4-3 in the North West 2 League after a considerable victory at home against Cheshire Wire White on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 was an away game against Tameside on Sunday 9th December at 1:00pm.

Magic U14 102-64 City of Birmingham Rockets

Magic U14 moved to 7-1 in the Premier North after a statement-making victory at home against City of Birmingham Rockets on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 8th December at 1:00pm.

Magic 2 U14 55-64 Liverpool

Magic 2 U14 moved to 4-4 in the North West 1 League after a close loss at home against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is a home game against Lancashire Spinners Rossendale on Sunday 9th December at 3:00pm.

Mystics U14 73-33 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics U14 moved to 7-0 in the North League after a sizeable victory to in-house rivals Mystics 2 U14 who moved to 4-1.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 8th December at 12:00noon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Tameside Royals Blue on Sunday 9th December at 3:00pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Prior to Sunday's local derby which was viewed by many experts to be more important than any Liverpool-Everton encounter, Mystics U14 I and Mystics U14 II were 2 of only 5 unbeaten U14 girls teams in the whole country, along with southern giants Ipswich, Richmond and the very wordy London Youngbloods Lioness Cubs. Thanks to their superior physical strength and greater experience, Mystics I were rated pre-match favourites by Bet Fred, Bet Bob and Bet Betty although one or two Mystics II parents weren't so sure!

Despite, rather than because of, the absence of influential captain Olivia Forster, who was displaying other skills with her feet, tangoing (dancing, not guzzling cans of fizzy orange) and tap dancing (hopefully, without slipping of the hot or the cold one), Mystics I came with their A game in the opening 20 minutes. This was highlighted by a defensive display which was as good as it gets at this level, making it as difficult to score for their talented opponents as it is to persuade any tight-fisted Yorkshireman to part with his money!

With the highly effective Jo Vourliotis showing that she is as good a sharp shooter as Annie Oakley ever was (Younger readers Google: Annie Oakley), Saffron Murphy proving as hard to stop as Jose Mourinho is when he tells the world how wonderful he is and twin towers Esha Nayar and Anita Oboavwodao skying for rebounds as if they were on trampolines, Mystics I managed to build a virtually unassailable 34 point lead by half-time as Ndey Mahmoud also showed how much her medium range shooting has improved recently.

Thanks to the way they have been handled and taught by their 'up and coming coach,' Mystics II came out in positive mood for the third quarter to show what exciting potential they have. They kept things as simple as Simon while Mystics I toyed with a variety of offensive options, some of which were as doomed to failure as attempting to use Monopoly money to buy a new car. Had it not been for the input of the excellent Daisy Bryan and Emily Wood, the IIs would certainly have won the quarter by more than the 1 point they did since 1 or 2 of the Is' defensive intensity had done a John Wayne and wondered off into the sunset. (Younger readers Google: John Wayne.)

This was not the case with Anna Collier, Jouna Albaid, Eleni Vourliotis or Holly Stones, all of whom showed great determination and application on and off the ball. Their efforts and the fact that as many as 7 Mystics Is scored in the last 10 minutes, again demonstrated that our senior U14 side has significant strength in depth which we trust will serve us well for the remainder of the season which begins with a home fixture next Sunday at 12:30 (not 3:00) against Tameside Blue who could turn up in red!

Please note, we now have a much-needed big challenge on 19 January when we travel to St Albans to play 2 full games against strong u14 opponents in Oaklands and Richmond. There will also be a friendly game of some kind on the following weekend to keep us fully prepared for what may be to come.

Thanks to James, Carys, Mark and Karun for their invaluable help and to all our faithful supporters for not causing any crowd trouble with the opposition!

Jim

Monday 3rd December

Cyprus 61-75 Great Britain Men

Great Britain Men moved to 1-1 in their EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers with victory in Cyprus on Monday evening. They now wait for the next Pre-Qualifiers window in February, where they face Cyprus at home on Thursday 21st February and Austria away on Sunday 24th February, to decide their fate in advancing to the next round of the Qualifiers.

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