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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 8

  Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thursday 14th November

Poland 63-75 GB Women

Great Britain's women opened the EuroBasket 2021 Qualifying campaign with a controlled win against Poland away from home on Thursday evening.

Manchester Mystics' Georgia Jones played 10 minutes had a rebound and 3 assists, while former Mystics' Hannah Shaw, Mollie Campbell and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee did not play.

GB Women faced Belarus on Sunday at the National Basketball Performance Centre; find out how they got on below.

Saturday 16th November

Magic Seniors 64-57 Bristol Academy Flyers

Magic Seniors moved to 5-2 in the NBL Division 2 North after a scrappy win at home against Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday afternoon.

Magic were led by Jason Ani's 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, with support from Richard Bell 16 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block, Luke Gordos 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, Andre Gayle 6 points, 5 rebounds and a steal, Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, Daniel Pilkington 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, Josh Grant 2 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and a block, Bailey Goodall 2 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal and Saul May 2 rebound and an assist.

Up next for Magic Seniors are a home game against University of Chester Saturday 30th November at 6:30pm and a home game against Bristol Hurricanes on Sunday 1st December at 5:45pm.

Trafford U18 57-80 City of Edinburgh

Trafford U18 moved to 2-4 in the Premier North after a challenging loss at home against City of Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away game against City of Leeds on Saturday 30th November at TBC.

Mersey Mavericks 73-68 Magic 2 U16

Magic 2 U16 moved to 2-2 in the North West 2 after a slender loss on the road against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is an away game against Stockport Falcons West on Saturday 23rd November at 12:00noon.

Nottingham Wildcats 30-96 Mystics U16 - Cup R2

Mystics U16 advanced to the Quarter Finals of the National Cup after a mighty win on the road against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics U16 will face an away game at City of Sheffield Hatters in the Cup Quarter Finals on Saturday 7th December TBC.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against City of Sheffield Hatters on Saturday 23rd November at TBC.

Mystics 2 U16 72-44 Sheffield Hatters 2

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 4-1 in the North League after a compelling win at home against Sheffield Hatters 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 was an away game against Richmond Knights on Sunday in the National Cup Round 2, find out how they got on below.

Cheshire Wire Green 21-71 Magic U12

Oldham Eagles 28-86 Magic U12

Magic U12 moved to 8-0 in the Mixed Regional Pool 1 after two substantial wins on the road against Cheshire Wire Green and Oldham Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U12 is a series against Oldham Eagles and Liverpool on Saturday 14th December.

Sunday 17th November

GB Women 59-90 Belarus

Great Britain's women moved to 1-1 in their EuroBasket 2021 Qualifying campaign after a tired loss against Belarus at the National Basketball Performance Centre on Sunday evening.

Manchester Mystics' Georgia Jones played 11 minutes, had 3 points, a rebound, 4 assists and a steal, while former Mystics' Hannah Shaw, Mollie Campbell and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee did not play.

Up next for the GB Women will be the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February, they await confirmation of the location and opponents.

London United 81-83** Magic U16 - Cup R4

Magic U16 advanced to the Quarter Finals of the National Cup after a double-overtime win on the road against London United on Sunday afternoon.

Magic U16 will face a home game against Newcastle Eagles in the Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday 8th December TBC.

Up next for Magic U16 is an away game against City of Leeds on Saturday 23rd November at 3:00pm.

Trafford U16 81-54 City of Edinburgh

Trafford U16 moved to 7-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win at home against City of Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 23rd November at 2:00pm.

Richmond Knights - Mystics 2 U16 - Cup R2

Mystics 2 U16 dropped out of the National Cup in the second round after a loss on the road against Richmond Knights on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is a home game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 23rd November at 1:00pm.

Manchester Giants White 52-72 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 5-0 in the North West League after a forceful win on the road against in-city rivals Manchester Giants White on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is a home game against Manchester Giants Blue on Saturday 23rd November at 3:30pm.

Mystics 2 U14 37-50 Mystics U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 2-3 in the North League after a narrow loss at home against in-house rivals Mystics U14 on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics U14 moved to 4-0 in the North League after a slim win on the road against in-house rivals Mystics 2 U14 on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an away game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 23rd November at 4:00pm.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday 1st December at 3:30pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Whenever a '1st' team comes up against a '2nd' team, convention suggests that the former should have a relatively easy ride. Convention, however, can be a fickle beast. Sunday's ride for Mystics U14 I was as bumpy as roller skating along a cobbled street full of pot holes.

I must admit that I was guilty of presuming that we would probably win at a canter. As it transpired, we had to gallop at full pelt in the closing stages to pull through. I can sum up the experience by drawing a parallel to the lady I spotted at the library who was studying the TV listings looking for the times of such programmes as Big Brother and I'm a celebrity etc. It was a reality check!

Although Mystics II deserve enormous credit for making things as tough as a cheap cut of meat, most of us at Mystics I had an under par day (which is only good if it's related to golf.) I use the word 'us' advisedly because coaches, as well as players, can have off days. I certainly did. I struggled as badly as an infant trying to remove two day old Weetabix remnants from a breakfast bowl using only cold water and a tissue to find the right player combinations. I found it as difficult as I found trigonometry (which isn't a term for having 3 wives!) to counter opponents who were as quick as us but who also had the 3 biggest, physically strongest players on show.

We lost the first quarter 11-12, principally because, in the absence of our 2 tallest players, Daisy the Giant and Amy the Tower, without any boxes to stand on, our vertically challenged team was unable to prevent the opposition's skyscrapers from dominating the boards.

Perhaps there had been an initial air of complacency but we were being out-fought and our defence had more holes in it than a worn-out colander. We needed to refocus and value every possession. We did so for most of the second quarter which we won comfortably 14-4 with 6 different players hitting the target (rather than the wall behind the backboard.)

I naively thought the tide had turned but I was as disappointed with our decision making in the third quarter as I was when I discovered that there is no such thing as the Tooth Fairy. We scored just 1 basket in the first 6 minutes to reduce our lead to only 3 at 27-24. To be fair to the team, they did respond to the time-out I subsequently called during which I threatened a ban on doughnuts if they didn't score 6 points in the next 2 minutes. They scored 6 points but we still lost the period 8-10

33-26 then became 34-32 with 7 minutes to play as we failed to share the ball and displayed as much movement on offense as a snail with rigor mortis (who is also a Spanish singer!). I would have needed a calculator to keep track of the number of open, close-range opportunities we continued to squander. Fortunately, defensively, we were doing well enough but we were now hanging on as perilously as a one-armed trapeze artist with cramp.

With bragging rights at stake, just when it looked as if we'd require a full bottle of Tipp-Ex to correct our mistakes, the players saved the best 'til last to end the game with a 16-5 run as they finally remembered how to move the basketball, and themselves, with purpose rather than trying to go 1 on 5. The 50-37 victory was as hard-earned as the 15 shillings (in old money, 75 pence nowadays) a week I was paid for getting up at 5 a.m. every morning as a 13 year old to do a paper round. (Get those violins playing!)

It isn't easy to raise your game precisely when it is vital to do so but this exactly what the girls did although the overall performance did make it abundantly clear that there is a lot of hard work ahead if we are to extend our season into the play-offs or beyond. That said, I know that this group of players will respond. 

 

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