Anumba brothers help down Spinners

  Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brothers Simon and Michael Anumba combined for 27 points as Manchester Magic defeated local rivals Lancashire Spinners 66-52 at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury in the National Trophy.

Simon had a game-high 17 points and younger sibling Michael notched 10 as the reigning champions improved to 2-0 in pool play, having defeated Bradford Dragons the previous week.

Spinners edged a scrappy first quarter 13-11, with big man Michael Bernard immediately establishing himself as a threat in the paint and Jack Hudson dictating the tempo for Lancashire.

Magic grew into the contest in the second period, working out ways to break down their opponents’ zone defence at one end and stopping Spinners from scoring at the other, with the first half ending 30-23 in Manchester’s favour.

The third quarter saw Magic pull out their lead to 15 at one stage, only to be reeled back in by a strong finish to the period by the Spinners. The surge was capped by an excellent finish in traffic plus a foul from Connor Murtagh, who led Lancashire with 13 points on the night, taking his team to within nine.

The Anumba brothers led a resurgent Magic at the start of the fourth, spurring an 8-1 run that forced Spinners into an early time-out. Magic were running the break effectively, save for a string of sloppy turnovers, and while Spinners made several three-pointers, they could not score with enough consistency to trouble Magic’s lead.

Magic ran out 66-52 winners, with the Anumbas supported by 13 points from Stefan Gill, nine points and several big blocks from Lee Goldsbrough and six points from young guard Kaiyem Cleary.

Following back-to-back road wins, Magic will host Team Northumbria in their final National Trophy pool game on 1st October at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Report by Graeme Roberts


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