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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 10

  Sunday, December 1, 2019

Saturday 30th November

Magic Seniors 63-65 University of Chester

Magic Seniors moved to 5-3 in the NBL Division 2 North after a disappointing loss at home against University of Chester on Saturday afternoon.

Magic were led by Andre Gayle 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, with support from Josh Grant 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal, Luke Gordos 11 points, 4 rebounds and an assist, Daniel Pilkington 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, Noah Togo 6 points, a rebound and 2 assists, Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, Bailey Goodall 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Jason Ani 2 points and 4 rebounds and Denzil Fernandes 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

Up next for Magic Seniors was a home game against Bristol Hurricanes on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Mystics WBBL 72-38 BA London Lions

Mystics WBBL moved to 5-2 in the WBBL Championship after a convincing win at home against BA London Lions on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Sam Roscoe 23 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 4 block, with support from Georgia Jones 21 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal, Rheanne Bailey 11 points, 7 rebounds and an assist, Tiril Hjelde 8 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal, Vanessa Akra 4 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block, Dom Allen 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and Jade Mbam 2 points, a rebound, 2 assists and a block.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 8th December at 1:00pm in the WBBL Cup Quarter Final.

City of Leeds 54-75 Trafford U18

Trafford U18 moved to 3-4 in the Premier North after a considerable win on the road against City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Magic U18 on Thursday 12th December at 6:30pm.

Trafford U16 74-73 City of Leeds

Trafford U16 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after a remarkable buzzer-beating 3-point shot to win the game at home against City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 7th December at 12:15pm.

Oaklands College Wolves (St. Albans) 79-45 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 moved to 4-2 in the Premier North after a challenging loss on the road against Oaklands College Wolves (St. Albans) on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against City of Sheffield Hatters in the National Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday 8th December at 12:00noon.

Mystics 2 U12 38-40 Cheshire Wire

Mystics U12 (finally) opened up their Girls Regional Pool 1 with a narrow loss at home against Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U12 is a game against City of Leeds on Sunday 15th December, location and time to be confirmed, this game was original scheduled to take place as part of a 3-way series in Sheffield, but the Hatters have withdrawn their team.

Sunday 1st December

Magic Seniors 76-62 Bristol Hurricanes

Magic Seniors moved to 6-3 in the NBL Division 2 North after a hard-fought win at home against Bristol Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon, to go 1-1 on the weekend.

Magic were led by Andre Gayle 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, with support from Daniel Pilkington 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and a block, Luke Gordos 19 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, 5 steals, Bailey Goodall 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and a block, Ty Jordan 4 points and 3 rebounds, Noah Togo 2 points, a rebound and 4 assist and Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Up next for Magic Seniors is an away game against Derbyshire Spartans on Saturday 21st December at 7:00pm.

Magic U18 74-54 Durham Wildcats

Magic U18 moved to 4-0 in the Premier North after a substantial win at home against Durham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 8th December at 1:00pm.

Mystics U18 80-57 Team Solent Kestrels

Mystics U18 moved to 2-3 in the Premier Division after a sizeable win at home against Team Solent Kestrels on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against Lewisham Thunder in the National Cup Quarter Finals on Saturday 7th December at 4:00pm.

Magic U16 102-51 City of Edinburgh

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

Up next for Magic U16 are a home game against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Saturday 7th December at 1:00pm and a home game Newcastle Eagles in the National Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday 8th December at TBC.

Magic 2 U16 99-54 Lancashire Spinners Rossendale Red

Magic 2 U16 moved to 4-2 in the North West 2 after a cosy win at home against Lancashire Spinners Rossendale Red on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is a home game against Manchester Giants Regional White on Sunday 8th December at 3:30pm.

Hatfield Fliers 32-51 Mystics 2 U16

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 6-1 in the North League after a low-scoring win on the road against Hatfield Fliers on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is a home game against Liverpool on Saturday 7th December at 1:00pm.

Mystics U14 82-32 Lancashire Spinners

Mystics U14 moved to 5-0 in the North League after a comfortable win at home against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 7th December at 1:00pm.

Coach Jim's report:

Mystics U14 pre-match preparations for Sunday's fixture at home to Lancashire Spanners, sorry, Spinners was put slightly off track by a colour clash. I don't mean the referees were wearing orange tops and lime green shorts. The blue kits Spinners had agreed to play in turned out to be the same shade of red we were wearing. Fortunately, like all good economists, we were able to go from in the red to in the black with just one small hitch. Our smallest player, Ciara, lost the arm wrestling contest and was saddled with the (biggest), number 17 vest by her cruel team-mates. Suffice to say it would have fitted both her and her sister in tandem. (Or even on a tandem!)

Having played (more like not played) only 4 games in 2 months, we were as well-prepared as a competitor on Mastermind who had swatted up on the Royle Family starring Caroline Aherne only to be asked questions about Prince Charles, Princess Di and Phil the Greek!

We were also minus Holly, who, given the festive time of year, was doubtless hanging around a garden centre before appearing for Mystics 2 U16 in Hatfield. In the event, none of these blips were of any consequence. The way the whole team played, particularly in the first half, made me as cheerful as the smiley one of Snow White's 7 dwarfs.

I'd seen Spinners play a few weeks ago and firmly believed we could do what Mo Farrar always does to opponents (out-run them). With this in mind, I chose 5 greyhounds- Dashing Dominique, Electric Elizandra, Accelerating Alejandra, Explosive Emily and Dynamic Daisy- to start for us. We did fire a couple of early blanks but quickly reloaded to such telling effect that, after 14 minutes we led 35-3, having already used all 12 players (every one of whom eventually managed to score).

Soon after, with a lead well on the way to becoming as large as Pavorotti's waist line, the game was effectively over as a contest and I was able to experiment even more liberally than the Labour Party is pledging to splash out in government with the 5s I threw together so that all 12 Mystics made at least 3 separate court appearances (one for burglary, one for...) I am very pleased to say that they all made the most of their opportunities.

Defensively, we restricted Spinners to a figure similar to the IQ of most of the bottom set pupils I tried to teach French even though they could only grunt in English (32). This constitutes almost half of their average score of 56 leading up to this encounter. Daisy and Alej did a sterling job in negating the threat of Spinners main scorer, Emily and Ciara were largely responsible for making things as uncomfortable as having a pebble in your trainer when running a marathon (or is it a snicker these days?) for their point guard and the defensive transition from Issy, Harriet. Carina and Elizandra was eye-catching.

Amy, Alej and Dominique did well to subdue Spinners' promising centre, while Molly and Maria, both of whom had been ill, spread their energy (and their germs) all over the court. The excellent team defence led to high percentage offence which regularly saw the twins flying down court like a well-known Bolt. Their opponents had as much chance of keeping up with them as Jose Mourinho has of talking about anyone but himself.

Apart from the defensive effort, what pleased me most was the willingness of nearly every Mystic to share the basketball. Passing is a neglected art and James and I are determined to demonstrate its value to our players. On today's evidence, Alej, Emily, Daisy and Issy, in particular, have bought into the concept as readily as my wife buys into the January sales. Despite not being present herself, it was a Joy to behold.

In short (for a change), to sum up our display, I will use the same sentence my mother used whenever she had to get me to the dentist as a toddler- what a performance! The only downside was our poor free throw shooting which was as dynamic as a Reliant Robin with a flat battery with 4 out of 17. We do practise them quite a lot but it is clear that quite a lot has to become very a lot!

The game proved to be good grounding for our next 2 fixtures, away to Nottingham and Sheffield which should give us an accurate guide to exactly where we are (M16 8GW). Many thanks to James and Louise for their invaluable assistance, to all of our loyal supporters and to the excellent table officials, A Brown and S Ball for saving our bacon.

Jim

City of Leeds 3-90 Mystics U12

Lancashire Spinners 5-115 Mystics U12

Mystics U12 moved to 2-0 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after two big wins on the road in Bury against City of Leeds and Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon. Mystics U12 had played a game against Sheffield Hatters; Sheffield has since withdrawn from the league and this result now no longer stand.

Up next for Mystics U12 is an away game against Cheshire Wire on Saturday 7th December at 4:00pm.

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