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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 17

  Sunday, January 26, 2020

Saturday 25th January

Sheffield Hallam Sharks 49-87 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 9-3 in the NBL Division 2 North after a spectacular win on the road against Sheffield Hallam Sharks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic Seniors was an away game against Derbyshire Arrows on Sunday, find out how they got on below.

Liverpool Basketball Red 65-81 Magic U16

Magic U16 moved to 14-0 in the Premier North after a challenging win on the road against Liverpool Basketball Red on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is the National Cup Final at Essex Arena against Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday 1st February at 12:30pm.

Mystics 2 U16 67–54 Newcastle Eagles

Mystics 2 U16 moved to 9-2 in the North League after a slender win at home against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U16 is a home game against Hatfield Fliers on Saturday 15th February at 1:00pm.

Mersey Mavericks 22-63 Mystics U14

Mystics U14 moved to 10-0 in the North League after a substantial win on the road against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 9th February at 3:30pm.

Coach Jim’s report:

If a restaurant has so much of its menu unavailable that it can only offer one starter, it wouldn't expect five stars. With Emily, Holly and Daisy engaged in missionary work for Mystics U16s and Alej having been less healthy than a year old chicken sandwich, we were also left with one starter in Dominique and our search for five stars could have been as tricky as a grumpy giant and a miserable midget trying to see eye to eye.

Bearing this in mind, Mystics U14's ferry across the Mersey to play the Mavericks of that persuasion had the potential to sink. It did keel over once or twice but turned out to be fairly plain sailing for the most part despite the opposition's refusal to give up.

My initial attempts to juggle the 12 players on call showed as much incompetence as anything Donald Trump has (mis)managed. It was on a par with an unsuccessful safe-cracker. We both failed to find the right combination. In order to get as many players on court as soon as possible, I opted for the good old 5 on 5 off routine. This proved to be as effective as Jeremy Corbin during a first quarter which saw us puff and pant like an asthmatic climbing Everest without oxygen.

A Mersey team with more energy than a hyper-active dog who hadn't been let out for a fortnight, took full advantage and swarmed all over us like an unwelcome rash. Fortunately, two stars did appear early on for us in the form of Issy and Maria. They were as effective as Superglue and Tippex in that they held us together and did all they could to correct our mistakes. Even so, our offense was as disjointed as a dislocated elbow due to an inability to finish lay-ups or hit free throws - we missed 6 out of 8 in the first five minutes. It didn't help that we also defended as weakly as the Italians did during two World Wars.

A score-line of 13-12 was as unwelcoming as a Tsunami. I had to convince, with words rather than a cattle prod, our young team (7 u13s) that we were capable of better. I urged (well, begged) them to increase their defensive intensity and move both the basketball and themselves with more purpose. Luckily, I am blessed with a very obedient bunch (Rose included!) and the team's display throughout the second quarter compared to that in the first was as far apart as Thin Lizzy (a group, not a skinny girl who only eats salad) and Fats Domino (a hefty blues singer who is very much a salad dodger.)

The recovering Alej and the debutant Rose (who wasn't coming out of finishing school, it was just her first game for us) had not featured in the first quarter. (5 into 12 won't go.) Their introduction turned out to be as rejuvenating as Botox. Alej and Maria were as tough to stop as an out-of-control downhill skier. In Carina, we had finally found a reliable enforcer to complete the stream of fast break opportunities furnished by the flow of long-range passes thrown by Issy which up to this point had been as fruitless as a bowl of vegetables whereas Rose's defensive nous was invaluable.

A 20-2 second quarter was as deserved as it was welcome. It afforded us a 33-14 half-time advantage and provided scope for me to continue with my, sometimes misguided, policy of sharing court time whenever possible. I shuffled the pack to start the third quarter. We only scored 8 points in ten minutes so it could be argued that I dealt us a couple of jokers but that would be unfair as we only gave up 4 points thanks to sound team defence from every Mystic. The fact that, offensively, we struggled in the manner of an old person with no teeth attempting to chew gum, was principally due to lack of movement. I've seen more mobility from a paralysed tortoise.

We had another cosy little chat about this before going out for the fourth period. As they regularly do, the girls responded maturely and effectively. 41-18 became 63-22 as Alej, Amy, Ciara and Rose combined to produce more rebounds than an over-inflated rubber ball. Izzy, Dominique, Maria and Molly (who was again steadier than any rock) put together a passing clinic more clinical than anything clinical anyone more creative than me can think of. Carina, Harriet and Elizandra made enough steals to warrant going to prison for ten years while Favour was as composed as Mozart.

 It was an encouraging ending to a game which was very well officiated and played in admirable spirit by two enthusiastic sides who are keen to learn and improve. Mavericks deserve praise for their never-say-die attitude, and both sets of players can be proud of the way they conducted themselves.

Many thanks to James and Louise for their unwavering assistance, to parents for their wonderful support and taxi service and to Mersey for their hospitality.

Jim

Sunday 26th January

Derbyshire Arrows 98-84 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 9-4 in the NBL Division 2 North after a tough loss on the road against Derbyshire Arrows on Sunday evening, to go 2-0/1-1 on the weekend.

Magic were led by Richard Bell 25 points, Andre Gayle 16 points and Luke Gordos 12 points.

Up next for Magic Seniors is a home game against Charnwood College Riders on Saturday 8th February at 6:30pm.

York Eagles 64-66 Trafford U16

Trafford U16 moved to 12-2 in the Premier North after a slim win on the road against York Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is a home game against Liverpool Basketball Red on Saturday 8th February at 1:00pm.

Magic 2 U16 64–62 Oldham Eagles

Magic 2 U16 moved to 7-3 in the North West 2 after a narrow win at home against Oldham Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic 2 U16 is a home game against Mersey Mavericks on Saturday 15th February at 3:30pm.

Luton 69-76 Mystics U16

Mystics U16 moved to 7-4 in the Premier North after a tight win on the road against Luton on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U16 is a home game against Luton on Saturday 15th February at 1:00pm.

Magic U14 88–49 York Eagles

Magic U14 moved to 10-0 in the Premier North after a convincing win at home against York Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 9th February at 1:00pm.

Mystics 2 U14 60–42 Nottingham Wildcats

Mystics 2 U14 moved to 8-3 in the North League after a comfortable win at home against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is a home game against Sheffield Hatters on Sunday 9h February at 1:00pm.

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