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The Weekend Wrap 2018-19 Week 12

  Sunday, December 09, 2018

Saturday 8th December

Magic Seniors 81-94 Worthing Thunder

Magic Seniors moved to 1-9 in the NBL Division One after a spirited loss at home against Worthing Thunder on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by Josh Houghton (30 points, 2 rebound, an assist and a steal) with support from Richard Bell (18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists) Andre Gayle (14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), Loick Pouale (14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block) and Jonathan Barnes (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a block).

Highlights here

Up next for the Magic their final game before the Christmas break, on the road at Hemel Storm on Saturday 15th December at 7:00pm.

Mystics WBBL 72-93 Leicester Riders

Mystics WBBL moved to 6-2 in the WBBL Championship after a loss at home against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Evelyn Ovner (18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block), with support from Sam Roscoe (22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals), Jorjah Smith (16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals), Georgia Jones (8 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists), Rachel (6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals) and Natalie Chaloner (2 points, 4 rebounds an assist and a steal).

Up next for the Mystics is a home game against Sheffield Hatters in the WBBL Cup Semi-Finals on Saturday 15th December at 4:00pm.

City of Leeds 53-98 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 8-0 in the Premier North after mammoth victory on the road at City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against Sussex Storm in the National Cup Semi Finals on Saturday 15th December at 2pm.

Mystics U16 76-68 Sheffield Hatters

Mystics U16 moved to 7-2 in the Premier North after a hard-fought victory at the National Basketball Performance Centre against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against Luton on Sunday 16th December at 1:00pm.

Magic U14 92-59 Derby Trailblazers

Magic U14 moved to 8-1 in the Premier North after a colossal victory at home against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Leicester Riders on Saturday 5th January at 3:30pm.

Magic 3 U14 51-62 Manchester Giants White

Magic 3 U14 moved to 4-7 in the North West 2 League after a narrow loss at home against in-city rivals Manchester Giants White on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 3 U14 is an away game against Manchester Giants Purple on Sunday 16th December at 4:00pm.

Newcastle Eagles 48-60 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 5-1 in the North League after an enthralling victory on the road at Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 16th December at 12:30pm.

Sunday 9th December

Trafford U18 55-59 City of Leeds Basketball Academy (Allerton)

Trafford U18 moved to 3-5 in the Premier North after a narrow loss at home against City of Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away game against Myerscough College on Saturday 12th January at 1:00pm.

Mystics U18 71-61 Sheffield Hatters

Mystics U18 moved to 6-0 in the North League after a solid victory at home against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday afternoon, taking them to 3-0 this season over the Yorkshire outfit.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a possible home game against Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday 15th December at 1:00pm, to be confirmed.

Manchester Giants 59-57 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 6-3 in the Premier North after a tense loss on the road at in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against City of Edinburgh on Sunday 16th December at 1:00pm.

Tameside 43-83 Magic 2 U16

Magic 2 U16 moved to 5-3 in the North West 2 League after a considerable victory on the road at Tameside on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is an away game against Oldham Eagles Red on Saturday 12th January at 3:00pm.

Magic 2 U14 97-48 Lancashire Spinners Rossendale

Magic 2 U14 moved to 5-4 in the North West 1 League after an extensive victory at home against Lancashire Spinners Rossendale on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away game against Manchester Giants Green on Sunday 13th January at 10:00am.

Mystics U14 84-25 Tameside Royals Blue

Mystics U14 moved to 8-0 in the North League after a substantial victory at home against Tameside Royals Blue on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday 16th December at 3:00pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Mystics U14 latest opponents were Tameside Royals Blue who, judging by their latest results, were on a good run of form coming into the game. They are a team of good athletes who like to press so we were likely to derive something positive from the contest.

In keeping with BE's 5 on 5 off brainwave over 4 x 5 minute first half quarters, I have been changing my mind over our best combinations more often than my wife changes her mind about which black shoes to wear out of the 36 pairs she possesses. Today's 2 groups of 5 turned out to be as well-balanced as Blondin (the world's greatest ever tight rope walker.) Olivia, Jouna, Saffron and Ndeh all scored in a 12-2 opening, as did Emily, Daisy and Esha in their 10-0 spell.

Already 20 points to the good and playing outstanding team defence, led by Eleni, a generous, forgiving young coach might forgive his or her side for an odd subsequent lapse. I am far from being any of those 3 admirable qualities and our lapses over the next 3 minutes resulted in Tameside scoring 10 points with only Olivia and Anita replying for us. This proved too much for a grumpy old coach, even though 6 of those 10 points did come from two 3 point two-handed ballistic missiles which took all of the dust off the very dusty backboard before thundering through the net. (They all count, as the proud reception class teacher said about her pupils.)

During a time-out, I felt obliged to remind our players of the high standards they have set themselves. Good teams who are mentally strong tend to respond positively. We won the final 2 minutes of the 5 minute quarter 8-0.

By half-time, we were 42-16 ahead, giving me licence to experiment further after the break. Unable to recall how to make copper sulphate crystals, I decided to see whether putting 2 of our 4 bigs, Esha and Eleni together would work. It did. They have very different attributes and they complimented one another beautifully. (Eleni told Esha she was playing well and Esha said something similar in return.) I matched them with 2 of our 3 very talented u13s, Holly and Daisy with Olivia at the helm.

After an impressive 12-2 spurt, our third u13, Emily took over the reins, creating opportunities for Saffron to run riot. Thanks to stifling team defence (without the hint of a press), 63-25 became 84-25 with Jo proving almost unstoppable, scoring 9 points in 6 minutes.

Tameside made us work hard for our victory and all wins are gratefully received. Although our league record now stands at 8 and 0, there are tougher tests to come and there remains much to work on. (I will not make what they are public because you never know who might stumble across this load of waffle.) Thanks to James, Sam, Jim and Karun for their assistance and to all parents etc. for their much-appreciated support.

Next up, home to Spinners on 16th December at the later time of 3:30pm, prior to the much-anticipated destruction of the Parental Dream (or nightmare) team on 20th December, tickets available from Ticket Master.

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