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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 16

  Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday 18th January

Magic Seniors 76–68 Team Birmingham Elite

Magic Seniors moved to 8-3 in the NBL Division 2 North after a hard-fought win at home against Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by Luke Gordos 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal, with support from Malachi Boakye-Yiadom 12 points, a rebound, an assist and 2 steals, Richard Bell 10 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block, Daniel Pilkington 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block, Noah Togo 6 points, a rebound and a steal, Jason Ani 6 points, 2 rebounds and an assist, Josh Grant 5 points, 2 rebounds and an assist, Andre Gayle 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, Bailey Goodall 2 points, 2 rebounds and an assist and Saul May a rebound.

Up next for Magic Seniors is an away game against Sheffield Hallam Sharks on Saturday25th January at 2:20pm.

Mystics WBBL 76–64 Nottingham Wildcats

Mystics WBBL moved to 8-3 in the WBBL Championship after a hard-earned win at home against Nottingham Wildcats Suns on Saturday afternoon.

Mystics were led by Sam Roscoe 17 points, Rheanne Bailey 15 points, Sara Djassi 13 points and Georgia Jones 13 points.

Up next for Mystics WBBL is a mid-season break for the Olympic Qualifiers, that sees Great Britain’s women in China against China (6th February at 11:35am), Korea (8th February at 7:00am) and Spain (9th February at 7:00am). The next game for the Mystics WBBL is a home game against Oaklands Wolves on Saturday 15th February at 4:00pm.

Magic U18 82-52 Cheshire Wire

Magic U18 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after a comfortable win at home against Cheshire Wire on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U18 is an away game against QE York Knights on Saturday 8th February at 11:00am.

Magic U16 86–38 York Eagles

Magic U16 moved to 12-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win at home against York Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 was an away game against York Eagles on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Trafford U16 76–59 Cheshire Phoenix

Trafford U16 moved to 11-2 in the Premier North after a satisfying win at home against Cheshire Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against York Eagles on Sunday 26th January at 11:00am.

Mystics U16 69–58 Derby Trailblazers

Mystics U16 moved to 6-4 in the Premier North after a slender win at home against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is an away game against Luton on Sunday 26th January at 1:00pm.

Stockport Falcons Green 20-106 Magic 2 U14

Magic 2 U14 moved to 11-0 in the North West League after an overpowering win on the road against Stockport Falcons Green on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 was a home game against WL St. Helens on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Mystics U14 107–19 Mersey Mavericks

Mystics U14 moved to 9-0 in the North League after an annihilating win at home against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 25th January at 2:00pm.

Coach Jim’s report:

The word 'pass' in quiz show such as 'Mastermind' conveys something negative. In basketball, especially when it's executed with the speed and precision demonstrated by Mystics U14 yesterday, it's a thing of beauty. At this level, it's like the Loch Ness monster - rarely seen.

In a weekend set for two Manchester - Liverpool clashes, the Premier League fixture was of secondary importance compared to the much-anticipated battle of the small candy-coated chocolate sweets, the M&Ms versus the M&Ms. As was always likely, it was the less experienced Mersey Mavericks variety which melted under the heat of the skirmish.

As the score suggests, this was a one-sided affair, but Mersey's coach was thankful reporters weren't allowed - there was no press! We were more than happy to allow the opposition to bring the ball up to our 3-point line uncontested. We did, however, pull no punches on offense in the first half. We ran, or sprinted, our fast break as swiftly as the GB men's 4 x 100 metre relay team but without dropping the baton. After the interval, we treated it like a naughty infant and put it to bed to concentrate on our outside shooting which was considerably more accurate than the long-range weather forecast.

Despite not having an abacus, I did all I could to split court time equitably among the 11 Mystics so that they all could show their worth. (At least a fiver each!) I hope I didn't play one of the twins for twice as long as intended while the other twin sat on the bench for 40 minutes. Who can tell?

Even though resistance was generally lacking from an under-strength Mersey side, our performance, from both a team and an individual perspective, had as much to savour as a well-cooked roast beef Sunday lunch (minus the horseradish sauce which is as unnecessary as dribbling for no reason or pressing opponents when you have a lead of more than 20.)

Sharing, whether it's cream cakes or a basketball, is a concept to be admired. I encourage my players to do both. Whilst sharing the ball is a shade more important, I wouldn't mind a few more doughnuts appearing on a Thursday evening! The manner in which every Mystic shared the basketball in this game was heart-warming (which was much appreciated due to the cold temperature in the hall.) The decision-making from a team of this tender age was as mature as any Cheddar cheese and led to good ball and player movement which was not easy to cope with.

Perhaps most pleasing was the absence of automatic dribbling as everyone was willing to make the extra pass so that a team-mate could be presented with an easier finish. As a result of this unselfish attitude, all 11 players scored at least 6 points with no-one scoring more than 16. This is as unlikely as moan-a-minute Mourinho NOT complaining that he needs £50 billion to buy a team to get Tottenham Hotspur into the top four.

Normally, when a team scores 80+ points, one or two players tend to register 20+. This makes a game plan straightforward. Put all your efforts into stopping the main scorer(s). When facing a side such as Mystics, blessed with multiple scoring threats, knowing where to focus can be as difficult as Trigonometry or trying to sneeze in your sleep. (Not possible.)

Although out-played, Mersey showed great spirit across all 5 quarters - where's that abacus! Their energy and enthusiasm never waned. Not once did any heads drop (which puts them one up on Marie- Antoinette and Ann Boleyn, who, incidentally, despite not coming from Saddleworth, had six fingers.)

In these reports, I either mention everyone or no-one specifically. On this occasion, we had 11 MVPs so there will be no name checks. Or will there?

There won't. All 11 girls were responsible for the emphatic victory, but we should all be aware that this test was more like 14 year-olds sitting the 11 plus whereas the same 14 year-olds (or younger) now have to prepare for A levels over the coming weeks. (But not necessarily next week when we play Mersey again.) The word 'pass' again springs to mind.

Many thanks, as always to James and Louise for all their help, to Stacey and Morag for doing the table, to the parents who helped clear up and to all our loyal supporters.

Jim

Derby Trailblazers 43-79 Mystics 2 U14

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 7-3 in the North League after a resounding win on the road against Derby Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is a home game against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday 26th January at 1:00pm.

Cheshire Wire 18-56 Mystics U12 White

Mystics U12 White moved to 5-0 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a sizeable win on the road against Cheshire Wire in Bury on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 White is series of game in Leicester against Sheffield Hatters and Leicester Warriors on Saturday 8th February.

Lancashire Spinners 25-43 Mystics U12 Red

Mystics U12 Red moved to 1-2 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a compelling win on the road against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 Red is a home game against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday 8th February at 1:00pm.

Sunday 19th January

Mystics U18 66–52 Cardiff Met Archers

Mystics U18 moved to 3-3 in the Premier Division after a tough win at home against Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against Teal Solent Kestrels on Saturday 8th February at 1:00pm.

York Eagles 52–81 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 13-0 in the Premier North after a secure win on the road against York Eagles on Saturday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Up next for Magic U16 was an away game against Liverpool Basketball Red on Saturday 25th January at 2:30pm.

Magic U14 100–42 Cheshire Wire Green

Magic U14 moved to 9-0 in the Premier North after a substantial win at home against Cheshire Wire Green on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against York Eagles on Sunday 26th January at 1:00pm.

Magic 2 U14 108–49 WL St. Helens

Magic 2 U14 moved to 12-0 in the North West League after a compelling win at home against WL St. Helens on Sunday afternoon, to go 2-0 on the weekend.

Up next for Magic 2 U14 is an away game against Mersey Mavericks Purple on Saturday 1st February at 12:00noon.

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