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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 15

  Sunday, January 12, 2020

Saturday 11th January

City of Leeds 34-91 Magic U18

Magic U18 moved to 8-0 in the Premier North after a mammoth win on the road against City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is a home game against Cheshire Wire on Saturday 18th January at 1:00pm.

Cheshire Phoenix 44-85 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 11-0 in the Premier North after a decisive win on the road against Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was a home game against Luton in the National Cup Semi Final on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

City of Birmingham 91-84 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 10-2 in the Premier North after a narrow loss on the road against City of Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday 18th January at 3:30pm.

Ipswich 67-64 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 moved to 5-4 in the Premier North after a slim loss on the road against Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 18th January at 1:00pm.

City of Leeds 42-74 Mystics 2 U16

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 8-2 in the North League after a considerable win on the road against City of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 25th January at 3:00pm.

City of Leeds (Gold) 30-82 Magic U14

Magic U14 moved to 8-0 in the Premier North after a substantial win on the road against City of Leeds (Gold) on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Cheshire Wire Green on Sunday 19th January at 1:00pm.

Mersey Mavericks Silver 48-108 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 10-0 in the North West League after a convincing win on the road against Mersey Mavericks Silver on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away game against Stockport Falcons Green on Saturday 18th January at 12:00noon.

Derby Trailblazers 42-78 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 moved to 8-0 in the North League after a resounding win on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 18th January at 1:00pm.

Coach Jim’s report:

After a break even longer than that provided by a whole packet of 4 bar KitKats, Mystics U14 were faced with an away fixture against a Derby Trailblazers who are invariably well-coached and who are blessed with an outstanding talent in point guard, N Kuno. Having not played for 4 weeks, this had the potential to be as tricky as attempting to thread a needle while blindfolded.

I had every reason to expect us to initially be as rusty as an old bucket which had lived at the bottom of a pond for 3 years. We weren't. I chose 5 greyhounds in Daisy, Alej, Emily, Holly and Dominique as our first 5 and, appropriately, we raced into a 15-1 lead, countering a key packed more tightly than passengers on any Trans-Pennine train set up by our opponents with some accurate medium range shooting from all 5 starters backed up by powerful offensive boards from Alej and Dominique who appeared to be on pogo sticks.

A second foul by Alej and her subsequent substitution, substantially affected us and we sank like a sub-standard submarine. (The boat, not the bread.) It interrupted our rhythm to such an extent that 15-1 became 15-9 in as little time as it takes for me to scoff a box of Lindt chocolates. Buoyed by this, Derby came out for the second quarter as rejuvenated as any Kardashian after their latest nip and tuck. They deservedly shaded the next ten minutes 15-17 as we looked a whole herd of gift horses in the mouth by missing enough open looks to win 3 games. There would have been no chance of any Mystic winning a coconut at a fun fair.

Our lead at the interval was now as slender as wafer-thin ham at 30-26. We had to find a way to quieten the excellent duo of N Kuno (11 points) and H Lovatt (10 points) as well as improving our finishing. If I was a one-legged Long John Silver impersonator, I could have been hopping mad with our recklessness. As I still just about have two working legs, I limited my half-time talk to trying to emulate Churchill (the politician, not the dog) by way of an inspirational speech. Realising that everyone had fallen asleep after 30 seconds, I reverted to plan B and brought the players on court for some lay-up practice.

It didn't bring any smiles but did turn out to be like a good magician in that it did the trick. If we wanted to remain Top of the Pops with our unbeaten record, we would need to harmonise better and stop playing wrong notes. More Tamla Motown and less Status Quo.

After much thought (10 seconds can seem like an hour at my age), I opted to change our defensive assignments by putting Emily on N Kuno and Daisy on H Lovatt. Emily restricted NK to just 4 second half points while Daisy limited HL to only 2.

If I'm being modest, it was a lucky hunch. If I'm being Mourinho, it was a masterstroke. (I'd rather be considered lucky!) Outstanding as they were, Emily and Daisy received admirable defensive support from the indefatigable Holly, the solid (performance, not frame) Maria and the ever-calm Molly.

Just as they did after a below-par first half against a tough Sheffield side, the girls showed how mentally tough they are by performing throughout the third period as transformed as Popeye after he's swallowed a can of spinach. Our finishing was now as deadly as a black mamba snake and our defence was as tight as my trousers after a big meal. (Not a mental image anyone should dwell on.) We comfortably won the third quarter by 8 to make it 50-38 but this was a mere tidal wave compared to the approaching Tsunami.

Up to now, Derby had impressively pushed us all the way, but it became 10 minutes too much for them. They now crumbled like a biscuit hit with a sledgehammer to the tune of a 28-4 run/sprint. (Hobnob excepted!) It was especially heart-warming to see those players who had been afforded only limited minutes thus far grab the opportunity to shine as brightly as Jurgen Klopp's teeth. Carina and Elizandra flew up and down court like a pair of swifts, Issy showed us she is one of a rare breed - a passing guard (rather than a cocker spaniel) while Maria added to her reliable defence by scoring a couple of nice left hand baskets. Molly continued to give off so much poise and polish that I'm thinking of renaming her 'Pledge' and Harriet stood out at the end like Fergie's red nose on a cold day with her steals and smart offense.

Many thanks, as always, to James and Louise for their invaluable assistance, to Mark for the lift and to all parents etc. for their wonderful support. Thanks, also to Derby who always make it a pleasure to go there due to their hospitality and for their contribution to a game played in exemplary spirit. Next game- Saturday 18 January, 1.00 tip at home to Mersey Mavericks.

Jim

Lancashire Spinners 33-68 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 6-3 in the North League after a substantial win on the road against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an away game against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday 18th January at 2:15pm.

Sunday 12th January

Sevenoaks Suns 69-59 Mystics WBBL

Mystics WBBL moved to 7-3 in the WBBL Championship after a tight loss on the road against Sevenoaks Suns on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Sara Djassi 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, with support from Sam Roscoe 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists, Dom Allen 11 points, 7 rebounds, an assist and 5 steals, Rheanne Bailey 9 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, a steal and a block, Georgia Jones 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Vanessa Akra 2 points and 2 assists and Rachel James 2 points.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is a home game against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday 18th January at 4:00pm.

Mystics U18 54-57 Ipswich- Cup Semi Final

Mystics U18 dropped out of the National Cup at the Semi Final stage after a heart-breaking loss at home against Ipswich on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is a home game against Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday 19th January at 3:30pm.

All Sports Photography Photos here

Magic U16 - Luton 86-61 Cup Semi Final

Magic U16 advanced to the Final of the National Cup after a decisive win at home against Luton on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Magic U16 will face Solent Kestrels in the Final; the game will take place on Saturday 1st February at Essex Arena (CO4 3SQ) at 12:30pm

Tickets (early bird half price offer until 19th): https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/about/shop/event-tickets/

Up next for Magic U16 is a home game against York Eagles on Saturday 18th January at 1:00pm.

All Sports Photography Photos here

Mystics U12 Red 40-49 Mystics U12 White

Mystics U12 Red moved to 0-2 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a small loss at home against in-house rivals Mystics U12 White on Sunday afternoon.

Mystics U12 White moved to 4-0 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a slender win "on the road" against in-house rivals Mystics U12 Red on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 Red is an away game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 18th January at 12:30pm.

Up next for Mystics U12 White is an away game against Cheshire Wire in Bury on Saturday 18th January at 3:30pm.

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