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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 6

  Sunday, November 3, 2019

Saturday 2nd November

Magic Seniors 90-84 Derbyshire Arrows

Magic Seniors moved to 3-2 in the NBL Division 2 North after an exciting win at home against Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by Andre Gayle's 18 points, 13 rebound an assist and a steal, who support from Luke Gordos 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block, Josh Grant 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, Richard Bell 13 points, 7 rebounds and a block, Jason Ani 11 points, 6 rebounds, an assist and a steal, Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 8 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal, Noah Togo 7 points, Daniel Pilkington 2 points, 4 rebounds and an assist and Bailey Goodall a rebound and an assist.

Up next for Magic Seniors was a home game against Myerscough College in the third round of the National Cup on Sunday evening find out how they got on below.

Cheshire Wire 47-100 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 3-0 in the Premier North after a destructive win on the road against Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 9th November at 4:00pm.

Liverpool Basketball Red 76-80 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 5-0 in the Premier North after a nail-biting win on the road against Liverpool Basketball Red on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Cheshire Wire on Saturday 9th November at 1:00pm.

Oldham Eagles 86-59 Magic 2 U16

Magic 2 U16 moved to 2-1 in the North West 2 after a tough loss on the road against Oldham Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is an away game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 16th November at 2:00pm.

Mystics U16 85-62 Ipswich

Mystics U16 moved to 3-0 in the Premier North after a resounding win at home against Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 9th November at 2:15pm.

Mystics 2 U16 74-30 Mersey Mavericks

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 3-1 in the North League after a substantial win at home against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 was a home game against City of Sheffield Hatters 2 on Saturday 16th November at 1:00pm.

Newcastle Eagles 45-85 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 moved to 2-0 in the North League after an untroubled win on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Stockport Lapwings on Sunday 10th November at 3:30pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Mystics U14's first road trip of the season took us to the fabulous Newcastle Eagles arena last Saturday. We were without the charismatic Emily Taylor who is talented enough to be how I like my eggs, poached, by Mystics U16 for their game. Despite this, the 12 young ladies present put on a heart-warming display to delight our travelling supporters (and me!) (and James!) Each of them- players, not supporters- were afforded at least 15 minutes court time and they all made good use of it.

From the outset, we looked livelier than a group of toddlers who'd just scoffed a giant bag of jelly tots and an extra-large Mars bar for breakfast as the fireworks came early and we raced into a 20-5 lead. Encouragingly, no less than 9 Mystics managed to score in the opening 10 minutes to underline our strength in depth.

Just when I thought we had a team that could walk on water, we had a brief reality check as a consequence of a period of team defence which was as sloppy as an under-cooked omelette. Newcastle took advantage to bring it to 29-21 with 14 minutes gone. This prompted me to call a time-out to refuel our Cortina, sorry, focus. What a response!

Without exception, every single member of our side now played such coordinated, disciplined team defence that our opponents were only able to score 4 points over the next 15 minutes!

My traditional policy of almost invariably seeking to use all 12 players equitably is based on a number of principles and can have several positive knock-ons. One of them manifested itself in the third quarter of this game. With fresher legs (shorter but fresher), we were able to out-run the opposition with devastating effect throughout the third quarter resulting in a 26-5 run and a 71-31 score line.

This would have been enough for some young sides to capitulate totally but not Newcastle. They put all they could into the remaining 10 minutes, showed some nice touches on offense and continued to play the game in the right spirit (which was well officiated by table and referees alike) to keep the margin to 40 at 85-45.

This was a very mature all-round Mystics performance (no tantrums!), especially when one considers that 7 of the 12 on show are U13s. Every Mystic deserves special mention but for the sake of brevity and to avoid anyone dying of boredom, I shall limit myself to one complimentary sentence apiece. In number order:

Ciara played with confidence, energy and efficiency.

Holly controlled large parts of the game with her skill and composure.

Carina looked dangerous on the break and worked hard on defence.

Daisy made a series of breath-taking passes and was our defensive rock.

Maria gave us a totally focused, determined display at both ends.

Alejandra made pleasing re-adjustments defensively and displayed impressive footwork on offense.

Elizandra caught the eye with her electric speed on breaks and steals. (Or was that Catrina?!)

Molly made smart decisions throughout to give another sound all-round performance.

Issy hardly put a foot (or a hand) wrong and played outstanding help defence.

Harriet continues to improve defensively and was very strong on the boards.

Dominique was polished on offense and her on the ball defence was superb.

Amy had a significant impact on the game through non-stop effort and total concentration.

Thanks to the team for playing so well, to James and Louise for your invaluable assistance, to our chauffeurs Graeme and Dave as well as to our travelling band of parents.

Jim

 

Magic U12 47-30 Cheshire Phoenix Juniors

Magic U12 67-19 Mersey Mavericks

Magic U12 moved to 6-0 in the Mixed Regional Pool 1 after two wins at home against Cheshire Phoenix Juniors and Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is a series against Cheshire Wire Green and Oldham Eagles on Saturday 16th November.

Sunday 3rd November

Magic Seniors 79-80 Myerscough College - Cup Round 3

Magic Seniors crashed out of the National Cup at the third round stage after a heart-breaking loss at home against Myerscough College on Sunday evening.

Magic were led by Richard Bell's 18 points 16 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals, with support from Andre Gayle 18 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal, Luke Gordos 15 points, a rebound, 5 assists and a steal, Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 9 points, 3 assists and a steal, Daniel Pilkington 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a block, Josh Grant 7 points, 3 rebounds and an assist, Noah Togo 5 points, a rebound, an assist and a block and Bailey Goodall a rebound, a steal and a block.

Up next for Magic Seniors is an away game against Charnwood College Riders on Saturday 9th November at 3:30pm.

Caledonia Pride 59-67 Mystics WBBL

Mystics WBBL moved to 3-1 in the WBBL Championship after an epic comeback to win on the road against Caledonia Pride on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Georgia Jones' 23 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals, with support from Dom Allen 14 points, 8 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a block, Rheanne Bailey 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Sara Djassi 12 points, 6 rebounds, an assist and 3 steals, Tiril Hjelde 3 points, Rachel James 1 point, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, Vanessa Akra 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal and Jade Mbam a rebound and an assist.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 23rd November at 4:00pm. The WBBL is on a break for the International window that sees GB Women take on Belarus at the Mystics' home of the National Basketball Performance Centre on Sunday 17th November, tickets are available here.

Magic U18 80-73 City of Edinburgh

Magic U18 moved to 2-0 in the Premier North after a narrow win at home against City of Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against WL St. Helens on Saturday 9th November at 11:15am.

Newcastle Eagles 73-78 Trafford U18

Trafford U18 moved to 2-2 in the Premier North after a slim win on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against Durham Wildcats on Sunday 10th November at 3:30pm.

Magic U14 102-47 Leicester Riders

Magic U14 moved to 3-0 in the Premier North after a colossal win at home against Leicester Riders on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against York Eagles on Sunday 10th November at 1:00pm.

Manchester Giants Green 31-71 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 3-0 in the North West League after an immense win on the road against Manchester Giants Green on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away game against Liverpool on Saturday 9th November at 12:30pm.

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