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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 7

  Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday 9th November

Charnwood College Riders 88-95 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 4-2 in the NBL Division 2 North after a slender win on the road against Charnwood College Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Magic were led jointly by Andre Gayle and Daniel Pilkington who had 20 points apiece and Richard Bell chipped in with 18 points.

Up next for Magic Seniors is a home game against Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday 16th November at 6:30pm.

Newcastle Eagles 53-88 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 4-0 in the Premier North after a comfortable win on the road against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday afternoon, see how they got on below.

Trafford U16 100-56 Cheshire Wire

Trafford U16 moved to 6-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win at home against Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against City of Edinburgh on Sunday 17th November at 1:00pm.

Derby Trailblazers 49-65 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 moved to 4-0 in the Premier North after a tense win on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against Luton on Saturday 16th November at 3:30pm.

Liverpool 26-100 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 4-0 in the North West League after a dominating win on the road against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away game against Manchester Giants White on Sunday 17th November at 2:00pm.

Sunday 10th November

Southwark Pride 79-74 Magic U18 - Cup R3

Magic U18 dropped out of the National Cup in the third round after a heart-breaking loss on the road against Southwark Pride on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against Derbyshire Arrows on Saturday 23rd November at 3:30pm.

Trafford U18 56-58 Durham Wildcats

Trafford U18 moved to 2-3 in the Premier North after a narrow loss at home against Durham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against City of Edinburgh on Saturday 16th November at 1:00pm.

Charnwood College Riders 65-62 Mystics U18

Mystics U18 moved to 1-3 in the Premier Division after a slim loss on the road against Charnwood College Riders on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 might be a home game against Southwark Pride on Saturday 23rd November at 12:00noon, to be confirmed, otherwise, up next for Mystics U18 will be a home game against Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday 1st December at 3:30pm.

Magic U16 65-58 Derby Trailblazers

Magic U16 moved to 5-0 in the Premier North after a tight win at home against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against London United in the National Cup fourth round on Sunday 17th November at 1:00pm.

York Eagles 62-79 Magic U14

Magic U14 moved to 4-0 in the Premier North after a satisfactory win on the road against York Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against Manchester Giants on Saturday 30th November at 12:00noon.

Mystics U14 130-10 Stockport Lapwings

Mystics U14 moved to 3-0 in the North League after a gigantic win at home against Stockport Lapwings on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 on Sunday 17th November at 1:00pm.

Coach Jim's report

Before I do anything else, I want to give credit to Mystics U14's latest opponents, Stockport Lapwings for doing better than a couple of Henry VIII's wives. The young Stockport players kept their heads (up) throughout a game in which they must have felt they were playing uphill against the wind in both halves. They kept trying right until the end and showed great fortitude. 

Mystics also deserve praise, not just for scoring enough points to give the scorekeeper writer's cramp but principally for their willingness to adapt their game once it became clear that our opponents were finding things harder than trying to dig up a concrete path with a plastic spoon.

As soon as outsiders become aware of the scoreline, the assumption will be that Mystics were as ruthless as Rasputin and mercilessly pressed the life out of Stockport for the entire 40 minutes. Nothing could be further from the truth (other than believing that Boris and Donald are fit to lead anything other than a conga.) It isn't easy for a team whose strength is based on an up-tempo style of basketball to slow things down and pass over multiple fast break opportunities. It would be like asking Mourinho not to tell everyone how wonderful he believes he is.

Fortunately, even though 70% today's side are still U13, our club is blessed with a selfless, mature bunch of players - Daisy, Rose, Violet, Lily - who are willing to do whatever is considered appropriate at any given time. (About 10 to 4 on this occasion.) This is all the more commendable as they were without the guidance of their 3 senior players who were given the day off to do some gardening or DIY.

Mystics shared the basketball as generously as our team manager shared the pre-match chocolates which enabled no less than 6 of them to score well into double figures in the 20 minutes court time each player was given to demonstrate their generosity. (5 on 5 off.) The togetherness and team spirit they are forging should stand us in good stead as the season progresses.

Many thanks to James, Louise, Aries and Mark for their invaluable assistance, to our post-match chair shifting parents and to all our loyal supporters. We have another local derby next week against Mystics U14 2 who are not to be underestimated. Tickets available from Ticket Master or on the Black Market. Jim

 

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