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The Weekend Wrap 2019-20 Week 19

  Sunday, February 9, 2020

Saturday 8th February

Magic Seniors 66–83 Charnwood College Riders

Magic Seniors moved to 9-5 in the NBL Division 2 North after a disappointing loss at home against Charnwood College Riders on Saturday evening.

Magic were led by Luke 16 points, 3 rebounds 5 assists, an assist and 2 blocks, with support from Daniel Pilkington 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal, Richard Bell 12 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks, Josh Grant 10 points, 15 rebounds 3 assists, a steal and a block, Andre Gayle 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Jason Ani 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block, Noah Togo 3 points, a rebound and a steal, Bailey Goodall 2 rebounds, an assist and a block, Elgin Govan 3 rebounds, Mahamed Shegow 2 rebounds and Saul May 2 steals.

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

Durham Wildcats 61-56 Trafford U18

Trafford U18 moved to 3-6 in the Premier North after a slim loss on the road against Durham Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U18 is an away game against Cheshire Wire on Thursday 13th February at 7:30pm followed by a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday 16thFebruary at 3:30pm.

Team Solent Kestrels 81-71 Mystics U18

Mystics U18 moved to 3-4 in the Premier Division after a challenging loss on the road against Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U18 was a home game against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon, find out how they got on below.

Trafford U16 56–58 Liverpool Basketball Red

Trafford U16 moved to 12-3 in the Premier North after a narrow loss at home against Liverpool Basketball Red on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Trafford U16 is an away game against Cheshire Wire on Saturday 15th February at 2:00pm, before a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Magic on Sunday 16th February at 1:00pm.

Leicester Warriors 40-38 Mystics U12 White

Sheffield Hatters 37-36 Mystics U12 White

Mystics U12 White moved to 5-2 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after a pair of losses on the road against Leicester Warriors and Sheffield Hatters in Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 White is a game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics U12 Red at the MBC on Saturday 22nd February.

Mystics U12 Red 90-27 Lancashire Spinners

Mystics U12 Red moved to 2-2 in the Girls Regional Pool 1 after an emphatic win at home against Lancashire Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U12 Red is a game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics U12 White at the MBC on Saturday 22nd February.

Sunday 9th February

Derbyshire Spartans 91-85 Magic Seniors

Magic Seniors moved to 9-6 in the NBL Division 2 North after a tight loss on the road against Derbyshire Spartans on Sunday evening, to go 0-2 on the weekend.

Magic were led by Richard Bell 34 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists, with support from Andre Gayle 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Daniel Pilkington 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Luke Gordos 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Bailey Goodall 6 points, 4 rebounds and an assist, Noah Togo 5 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal, Jason Ani 5 points and 2 rebounds, Josh Grant 3 points and a rebound and Saul May 4 rebounds and a steal.

Up next for Magic Seniors is an away game against Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday 15th February at 5:15pm.

Mystics U18 vs Nottingham Wildcats – Postponed due to weather

Up next for Mystics U18 is an away game against Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday 23rd February at 12:00noon.

Magic U16 133–38 Cheshire Wire

Magic U16 moved to 15-0 in the Premier North after a colossal win at home against Cheshire Wire on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U16 is a home game against Newcastle Eagles on Saturday 15th February at 1:00pm followed by an “away” game against in-house rivals Trafford on Sunday 16th February at 1:00pm.

Magic U14 110–50 Newcastle Eagles

Magic U14 moved to 11-0 in the Premier North after a mammoth win at home against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Magic U14 is an away game against Leicester Riders on Sunday 16th February at 1:00pm.

Mystics U14 63–29 Newcastle Eagles

Mystics U14 moved to 11-0 in the North League after a considerable win at home against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Up next for Mystics U14 is an away game against Stockport Lapwings on Saturday 15th February at 12:00noon, followed by a home game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics 2 also on Saturday 15th February at 3:30pm.

Coach Jim’s report:

On a day when it was too windy to fly kites (or aeroplanes) and when I should have used a pedalo to get to the Centre, I am most grateful to Ellen and her enthusiastic Newcastle Eagles U14s for battling storm Ciara. (Why are storms named after females? Answers on a postcard to PO Box.....) Little did our opponents know that we also had another storm of the same name waiting for them in the form of our pocket battleship #4.

I wanted to use this game to use a variety of 8 different 5s over 5-minute periods to ascertain if any of them could gel like a dollop of Brylcreem or would be as out of sync as any group playing jazz. We had both.

Using a technique more likely to succeed in tombola or a raffle, I started with Daisy, Holly, Alej, Maria and Ciara. This quintet proved to be more in tune than the Jackson 5 and more powerful than a 750cc Harley Davidson. They zipped the ball around as if they were engaged in a frenzied game of Pass the Parcel. It proved to be as fruitful as a big bag of oranges with 14 points. This was to be our most productive 5 minutes of the contest.

It posed the question, could their replacements, Emily, Issy, Molly, Amy and Elizandra follow suit? Almost. They excelled defensively and moved the score to 23-6 by the end of the 1st quarter. With 12 players, a third mixture was concocted to start the second period. Carina and Favour joined the already successful trio of Daisy, Alej and Maria. It worked very well as we dominated the session 9-0 to pull further ahead at 32-6 fifteen minutes in.

My random subsequent groupings, designed merely to give all 12 players more or less equal court time, turned out to be as consistent as the custard I was served up at school. Some of the time we came across lumps which were hard to swallow, sometimes we hit the spot.

The two combinations covering the next 10 minutes stuttered as markedly as King George VI. Too many players suddenly decided dribbling for no good reason was a better option than passing for a good reason while others indulged in an unproductive game of Statues. As a result, we witnessed 600 seconds when we were as efficient as a sniffer dog with catarrh. We scored a paltry 6 points and conceded 10.

Sanity was restored over the next five-minute slot with some free-flowing basketball which yielded an 11-2 run but only Psychic Sally could have foretold what was in store. We had saved our worst for almost the last. The opening 5 minutes of the fourth quarter was like watching Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. It was a horror show! It could have been made into a game show called 'Who wants to miss next?'

Granted, we created high percentage opportunities ad-nauseum, but we took, and missed, the target more often than a blind, trigger-happy cowboy. It left me as speechless as a mime artist and made me wonder how it is that at times we were as lively as Mike Jagger on speed whereas at others we were as flat as a tyre with a double puncture.

Apart from the fact that our players are still very young with much to learn, it almost certainly comes down to how they complement one another. ('Well played Molly.' Thanks Issy. You were world-class, too.') In basketball match statistics, there is a category headed 'efficiency ratings.' This awards each player a plus or minus score calculated by how their team fared points-wise for and against when they were on court. It is a very accurate means of determining who has made the biggest positive contributions both offensively and defensively.

In today's game, the four Mystics players with the highest efficiency rating - as a guide, +10 is good - were Alej with an incredible +38, Maria with an equally eye-catching +36, followed by Daisy and Holly with a highly commendable +21 apiece. These are exceptional numbers and are backed up by the fact that when any 3 of these 4 were on court together, we scored 48 points and conceded a mere 4.

That is undeniable proof that this is one combination which works really well as a unit. There are, of course, no doubt, others.

But why did they click so well I hear at least one person ask? This quartet has what all good tight-rope walkers need. Balance. It has competent ball-handlers who know when to give the ball up, good passers, effective movement off the ball, pace, height and 4 outstanding defensive players.

Bearing in mind that we are generally lacking in height, any other combination used on this occasion didn't have such a physical presence and consequently, despite trying just as hard, was not as productive on the day. This brought to the forefront the two sides of what one can expect when a coach makes more subs than the Germans did to try to control the seas during World War Two. On the plus side, all 12 Mystics benefited from generous playing minutes which is good for morale. On the downside, our offensive fluency was interrupted due to the stop-start nature of proceedings. If this was the case in a close game, it could end up like some of my ideas for meals - a recipe for disaster.

Aside from all the above ramblings, the two most salient things to emerge from today's outing were that our team defence in most of the 8 sections was as hard to break down as 10 day old Weetabix remnants left on a dish and that we need to practise our finishing. Our defence was good enough to restrict Newcastle to their lowest points tally of the season so far. (29 points when they average 55.) All 12 Mystics deserve a big pat on the back for that. (No! Not that kind of pat!) Our ability to finish, on the other hand, was as baffling as algebra would be to a toddler. (Or to me.)

Credit to both sides for playing the game in tremendous spirit and for the non-stop effort put in by every player. Many thanks to James, Louise and her trusty band of helpers, to Aries and Mark for doing the table and to all our supporters. Next Saturday, we have two local derbies in one day - Stockport away at 12:00 and Mystics II at home at 3:30 with all 16 of our squad involved in either one or both fixtures.

Mystics 2 U14 vs Sheffield Hatters – Postponed due to weather

Up next for Mystics 2 U14 is an “away” game against in-house rivals Manchester Mystics on Saturday 15h February at 3:30pm.

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