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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 12

  Sunday, December 15, 2019

Thursday 12th December

Trafford U18 32-84 Magic U18

Trafford U18 moved to 3-5 in the Premier North after a sizeable loss at home against in-house rivals Magic U18 on Thursday evening.

Magic U18 moved to 6-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win "on the road" against in-house rivals Trafford U18 on Thursday evening.

Up next for Trafford U18 is a home game against WL St. Helens on Sunday 26th January at 3:30pm.

Up next for Magic U18 was an away game against City of Edinburgh on Saturday, find out how they got on below.

Saturday 14th December

Mystics WBBL 73-68 Leicester Riders

Mystics WBBL moved to 6-2 in the WBBL Championship after escaping with a narrow win at home against Leicester Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Sam Roscoe 22 points, 12 rebounds and a assist, with support from Georgia Jones 18 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal, Sara Djassi 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals, Dom Allen 8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Rheanne Bailey 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, Vanessa Akra 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals and Jade Mbam a rebound and a steal.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is an away game against Essex Rebels on Saturday 21st December at 5:00pm.

City of Edinburgh 87-98 Magic U18

Magic U18 moved to 7-0 in the Premier North after a tight win on the road against City of Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon, to go 2-0 this week.

Up next for Magic U18 is a home game against City of Leeds on Saturday 4th January at 1:00pm.

Before then, they will be play in the Haris Tournament on 27th-29th December at the Manchester Basketball Centre.

City of Edinburgh 48-104 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after a compelling win on the road against City of Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is home game against City of Birmingham on Saturday 4th January at 1:00pm.

Cheshire Wire White 40-98 Magic 2 U16

Magic 2 U16 moved to 5-3 in the North West 2 after a considerable win on the road against Cheshire Wire White on Saturday morning.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is an away game against Tameside on Saturday 21st December at 3:00pm.

Mystics U16 75-71 City of Sheffield Hatters

Mystics U16 moved to 5-2 in the Premier North after a slim win at home against City of Sheffield Hatters on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against Oaklands College Wolves (St. Albans) on Saturday 4th January at 3:00pm.

Cheshire Wire Green 46-82 Magic U14

Magic U14 moved to 7-0 in the Premier North after a comfortable win on the road against Cheshire Wire Green on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 was an away game against City of Leeds (Gold) on Saturday 11th January at TBC.

Sheffield Hatters 54-61 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 moved to 7-0 in the North League after a challenging win on the road against Sheffield Hatters on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 11th January at 12:15pm.

Coach Jim's report:

When getting ready to face one's biggest challenge of the season, smooth pre-match preparation is even more important than having control of the TV remote. Our trip across the Pennines into foreign climbs to face the formidable Sheffield Hatters would have a huge impact on seedings for the play-offs as we were the only 2 teams in either the Northern or Southern U14 Premier leagues with an unbeaten record.

As such, being without our two tallest players in Amy and Dominique plus the not-so-tall but speedy Ciara and the medium-sized but strong Favour was as helpful as someone with muddy hands offering to do the washing-up. To make matters worse, two more key players (not Yale and Chubb!) must have lost their passports (required for entry into Yorkshire) because they only arrived 15 minutes before tip-off. This made our team talk and warm-up as smooth as heavy-duty sandpaper.

That said, I constantly preach to our players to ignore all negatives and only be concerned with matters that they can control. (Like avoiding eating crisps during a time-out.) I, therefore, sought to practise what I preach by initially putting faith in the 8 Mystics who had arrived on time. Our re-vamped starting 5 now comprised of Emily, Holly, Daisy, Alejandra and Issy.

Our Daisy (Bryan) scored two early baskets while their Daisy (Connell) scored once. There have been numerous Wars of the Roses over the centuries but, given the obvious quality of both players, this seemed as though it could develop into a battle of a different flower. Would this be a War of the Daisies? (Plus a star-studded supporting cast.)

We had begun smaller than Sheffield but had coped well to lead 6-4 with defences on the top for the first five minutes. Match-ups then became like that horror film on Elm Street - a nightmare - with the introduction of the opposition's colossus who was bigger than Molly on Harriet's shoulders!  Alej gallantly tried to go toe to toe with her but had as much chance as a mountaineer has of finding something worthwhile to climb in Holland.

Faced with quick guards who were slipperier than Richard Nixon and now looking like Blackpool Tower compared to the Eiffel Tower (which is twice the size), we would have to make good decisions and keep things simple. We did neither. We dribbled more profusely than a teething baby and made more poor decisions than Jeremy Corbyn to trail 10-13 by the end of the first quarter. This immediately became 10-17 following scores from the two biggest players on court. As is the case with women and shoes, a change was needed.

I'd heard a whisper that Daisy had eaten three Shredded Wheat for breakfast so I detailed her to mark Sheffield's tallest and strongest. Daisy stuck to her like cling-film to such good effect that she no longer had a major influence on proceedings. However, despite endless requests which then became demands to change tack, the main thrust of our offense still revolved around futile attempts to dribble through a brick wall. Consequently, our opponents extended their lead to 22-28 by half-time.

We had yet to find our feet (which remained below our ankles) and had avoided adhering to the concept that basketball is a team sport. Words of wisdom - not of the Norman variety - were more essential than putting salt on chips. Whatever I was going to say to rally the troops would need to do more good than Florence Nightingale or Mother Teresa. I'm not sure if 'pass the ball rather than dribble the spots off it' qualifies but within six minutes of the re-start, as with all good Sat-Navs, we found ourselves on the right track 35-30 ahead with Carina and then Elizandra looking threatening on the break and baskets from all five players on court.

The transformation was more remarkable than anything the Kardashians or Cher have achieved via Botox or the surgeon's knife. Nevertheless, I fully suspected that a side as competent as Sheffield would also have a run in them. They had. Tired defending let them squeeze back in front at 35-36. Many young teams would have struggled to respond but this Mystics group is as hard to shake off as a severe dose of flu. We ended the third period imperiously to regain the lead 43-39. This was no occasion for the feint-hearted.

Unfortunately, we began the final quarter more sloppily than over-diluted porridge to leave things all-square at 45 apiece. Despite some brilliance from Alej and faultless defence from Daisy, the scores remained level as we entered the crucial last five minutes. I advised our team that the side that now makes the least number of errors would be victorious. Keep it simple. Their end game was near-perfect. I had put Maria on in the knowledge that she is an accomplished defender. She proved to be more reliable than any politician or estate agent as we totally controlled affairs to open up an unassailable 10 point gap with Emily now proving more hot to handle than a boiled kettle before a 3 point brick which cleaned the back-board as it thundered off it made things look closer than they ultimately were at 61-54.

Successful teams require mental toughness as well as talent. They also need to be able to fight through adversity and follow sound advice. Mystics U14 showed that they are capable of all of these things but it would help keep the blood pressure of all of the adults involved at a healthy level if they'd realise what works and what doesn't a bit sooner in such close games.

Apologies to the 2 or 3 players who didn't get much court time and many thanks to my superb assistants James and Louise. Thank you also, to our loyal band of supporters/taxi drivers. We couldn't do it without you. No training tonight but Thursday's session will have mainly a festive flavour to it (but not mince pies or mulled wine.)

Jim

 

Stockport Lapwings 22-101 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 5-3 in the North League after an impressive win on the road against Stockport Lapwings on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an away game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 11th January at 12:00noon.

Oldham Eagles 21-87 Magic U12

Magic U12 moved to 9-0 in the Mixed Regional Pool 1 after an extensive win on the road against Oldham Eagles on Saturday afternoon, Magic U12 were meant to play Liverpool but that game was postponed at the last minute.

Up next for Magic U12 is a game against Cheshire Wire White on Saturday 15th February.

Sunday 15th December

Manchester Giants 65-62 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 10-1 in the Premier North after a narrow loss on the road against in-city rivals Manchester Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against City of Birmingham on Saturday 11th January at 12:20pm.

Mystics 2 U16 62-69 Lancashire Spinners

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 7-2 in the North League after a slender loss at home against Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is an away game against City of Leeds on Saturday 11th January at 3:00pm.

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