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Academy Update 6

  Friday, January 11, 2019

On Wednesday afternoon Manchester Mystics Academy defeated Myerscough College 67-52.

Celina Eisenhardt scored a team-high 16 points for Myerscough in a 67-52 defeat to Manchester in the WEABL. Kazz Devine-Henry, Sasha Lecuyer and Kyra Smith all added 10 points for Myerscough (2-3), whose lone lead of the game was 5-4.

Manchester knocked down a 3-pointer to break a nine-all tie, sparking a 10-0 run to close the opening quarter. The Mystics led 40-26 at halftime and Myerscough never got closer than 11 after the break. A 16-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters would push the game out of reach.

“Today’s game was tough as it was the first back after a long break,” said Myerscough coach Mike Bernard. “The girls showed some fight, but fitness played a big part in the loss, which we need to work on in practice as we go into a tough stretch starting next week.”

Lina Asobirionwu finished with a game-high 21 points for Manchester (3-2). Myerscough travels to Charnwood next week and Manchester heads to Nottingham. 

Source: WEABL

 

On Wednesday afternoon, Myerscough College made the trip to Manchester for the first EABL fixture after the break. Myerscough took the contest 64-51 by the final whistle which proved to be a game plagued with poor quality and missed opportunities.

The first quarter was close throughout before the visitors exploded with a 10-1 run to end the period. The run put Myerscough up 21-10 going into the second quarter and this would be the run that ultimately decided the game. The rest of the game was a close affair with the margin never stretching beyond 13 points. In the end Myerscough took a comfortable 64-51 victory to open up 2019.

Magic Coach Peter Paraskeva commented after the game ‘We knew the game wouldn’t be the prettiest coming off the break and it certainly wasn’t but I am proud of our group in the way they tried to make things as difficult as possible for the opposition. Myerscough are a tough match up with their size and athleticism, we did a much better job today in cutting out some of the controllable mistakes from our recent performances’.

Magic were led by Josh Grant with 15 points and Jason Ani with 10 points, whilstMyerscough were led by Sam Keita with 16 points and Bradley Kaboza had 13.

Next week sees The Manchester Magic at home again to SGS, while Myerscough are on the road again to Birmingham Met.

Source: EABL

 

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