In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: Magic vs Bradford Dragons, Mystics vs Team Northumbria, National League Play-off Update, US College Tournament Update, 2016-17 EABL Awards for Magic Stars, Want to try out for the Manchester Mystics?, Easter Community Camp, Court crew needed for Manchester Magic’s senior games at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, Shop Online?, Club Merchandise, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre, Fancy becoming a referee? and National League Fixtures and Results. We hope you enjoy it.
Magic face seventh placed Bradford Dragons in the Play-off Quarter Finals on Saturday 1st April, should they advance to the Semi-Finals they would face either Reading Rockets of Team Solent Kestrels at home on weekend of Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th April. The Play-off Final is at the National Basketball Performance Centre at Belle Vue on Sunday 23rd April.
Mystics vs Team Northumbria
Manchester Mystics vs Team Northumbria
Saturday 8th April
Tip-off at 4:00pm
at the National Basketball Performance Centre
Tickets: Adults £2 Under 16s £1A brilliant team performance underpinned by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Great Britain guard Georgia Jones facilitated a wonderful 80-82 double overtime triumph for Manchester Mystics at a crestfallen Barking Abbey Crusaders.
The home side had been on the front foot for almost all of the game and looked like a lock to take victory, but Mystics would not go away and a late rescue mission saw them come back from 10 points behind with less than five minutes of regulation remaining.
Some great play from Rheanne Bailey including a big three-pointer put them on the path to recovery and as Amy Browne sunk two free-throws, the first period of overtime arrived at 65-65.
It again looked like Barking would finish the job but Jones had other ideas as she made an off-balance three-pointer to save her team again and force another five minutes of action.
Mystics travel to Cardiff on Saturday 1st April at 2:30pm before their next home fixture against Team Northumbria on 8th April.
Mystics upcoming Fixtures:
Saturday 1st April @ Cardiff Met Archers at 2:30pm Saturday 8th April vs Team Northumbria at 4:00pm
Sunday 9th April @ Sheffield Hatters at 2:00pm
Sunday 16th April @ Caledonia Pride at 1:00pm Saturday 22nd April vs Oaklands Wolves at 7:00pm
National League Play-off Update
National League Play-offs have begun, let’s take a look at how the Magic and Mystics junior teams are getting on.
Magic U18 at home to Birmingham Mets in Round 2 on Saturday 1st April at 1pm
Mystics U18 at home to Sevenoaks Suns in the Quarter Finals on weekend of 8th/9th April*
Magic U16 at home to Leicester Dynamite in Round 2 on Saturday 1st April at 3:30pm
Trafford U16 away at Liverpool Basketball Red in Round 2 on Saturday 1st April at 1pm
Mystics U16 beat Leicester Warriors 86 – 15 at home in Round 1 on Saturday 25th March at 1pm
Mystics U16 at home to West Herts Warriors in the Quarter Finals on the weekend of 8th/9th April
Magic U14 at home to Newcastle Eagles in Round 2 on Sunday 2nd April at 2pm
Magic 2 U14 beat Derby Trailblazers 64 – 50 at home in Round 1 on Sunday 26th March at 1:30pm
Magic 2 U14 at home to Sheffield Junior Sharks in Round 2 on Sunday 2nd April at 12:30pm
Mystics U14 beat Derby Trailblazers 63 – 33 at home in Round 1 on Sunday 26th March at 12:30pm
Mystics U14 at home to GCA Haringey Angels in the Quarter Finals on the weekend of 8th/9th April
*this game may be brought forward to 1st/2nd April, keep an eye on the website
US College Tournament Update
Kingsely Nwagboso was the last man standing of our players currently out in America in the US College System, as his Connor States side were involved in the NJCAA Division 1 National Championships, here’s how his team got on.
Kingsley Nwagboso (Sophomore) at Connors States (NJCAA Division 1)
Connors States Won the NJCAA Division 1 Region 2 Championship and advanced to the National Tournament as the number 17 seed (seeds are in brackets)
NJCAA Division 1 National Championships
First Round on Monday 20th March 11am EDT vs Spartanburg (#16) won 96 – 90 Kingsley played 2 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds.
Second Round on Tuesday 21st March 3pm EDT vs San Jacinto-Central (#1) lost 77 – 115 Kingsley played 9 minutes scored 3 points, grabbed 1 rebound and blocked 1 shot.
2016-17 EABL Awards for Magic Stars
The West Conference Defensive Player of the Year award went to Loreto College’s Michael Anumba. Anumba, who was also named to the All-West Second team, led the league in steals at an impressive 4.5 per game, which supplemented his 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
“It’s a privilege to be recognised as the EABL West Conference Defensive Player of the Year,” Anumba said.
“I’m really proud considering the talent on display week in week out. I could have never made it without my teammates and my coach. The merit goes to them also.”
Loreto College’s Kaiyem Cleary has made the EABL West Conference All-First team. Kaiyem finished the league as the second leading scorer with 20.9 points per game, he also averaged 8.4 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game, 0.9 blocks per game and was amongst the leaders in shooting percentage 58.3% to help him finish eighth in efficiency, with a rating of 19.0.Loreto guard and EABL steals leader Michael Anumba 13.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game and 4.5 steals per game makes the West Conference All-Second team.
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Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £21 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £1
5:00 – 6:00pm Boys and Girls Session Ages 14 – 18 – £2
7:15 – 8:45pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:00am Primary Year 1 & 2 Coaching Boys and Girls – £1.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Year 3 – 6 Practice followed by Games Boys and Girls – £3
Community Sessions will be on a break during school holidays
Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre
Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre
Sundays 7:00pm – 8:30pm £3
Walking Basketball delivers a walking paced version of the fast and furious game we are all used to.
Walking Basketball is suitable for all irrespective of gender, age, size, ability and/or impairment.