In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: The Weekend Wrap, Next Home Games, Tesco’s Bags Of Help, On The Website, Want To Play 3×3 Basketball?, Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?, Shop Online?, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball At Amaechi Basketball Centre and National League Fixtures And Results. We hope you enjoy it.
The Weekend Wrap
Manchester Magic had a comfortable 101-66 victory at home against local rivals Lancashire Spinners on Saturday evening.
The Magic started the game sluggishly, allowing the visitors to drain seven threes in the first period of the game to take a 30-25 lead into the quarter break. Magic were sparked into live towards the end of the first by Stefan Gill coming off the bench and draining threes of his own.
The second quarter saw Magic quickly gain the lead, and from there on out the margin grew in the right direction for the home side, with the visitors fading as the game progressed.
Magic were led by Donte Gittens (20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks), with valuable contributions from Michael Anumba (18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists), Stefan Gill (16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals), Ryan Lewis (16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists) and Lee Goldsbrough (10 points and 7 rebounds).
A Manchester Magic second half fight back saw them edge Leicester Warriors 64-59 in a thrilling yet low-scoring contest at the Amaechi Basketball Centre on Sunday evening.
The Magic trailed for the majority of the game but never let the lead get too far away from them. The Warriors sat in a zone for the full forty minutes and the Magic initially found it difficult to adjust offensively; they did find a way to break it down by the mid-way point in the third quarter. It wasn’t until the mid-point in the fourth that they took the lead and from there they hung on to claim a hard fought victory. Magic are now officially safe from the drop and still well in the running for a place in the play-offs, currently sat in 8th place, with games in hand over their closest rivals.
Magic were again led by Donte Gittens (16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists), with double-doubles from Richard Bell (10 points, 12 rebounds plus 2 blocks) and Ryan Lewis (10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists). Stefan Gill chipped in with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.
Up next the Magic is a home game against Bradford Dragons on Saturday 17th March at 6:30pm at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, followed by an away trip to Derby Trailblazers on Sunday 18th March at 4:15pm. It will be another tough weekend!
Manchester Mystics fall to a 73-60 defeat at Nottingham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.
Mystics were led by Rheanne Bailey (14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals), with contributions from Dominique Allen (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks), Georgia Jones (7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 points), Lauren Thomas-Johnson (9 points) and Charlotte Stoddart (8 points and 3 rebounds).
The next game for the Mystics will be on Friday 16th March against Cardiff Met Archers at 7:15pm at the National Basketball Performance Centre, followed by an away trip to Durham Palatinates on Sunday 18th March at 3:00pm.
Magic 2 Seniors play on Tuesday 13th March against Stockport Falcons at 6:30pm at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
Trafford U18 beat Cheshire Wire 2 109-43 at home. Trafford U18 have one game remaining against Barrow Thorns date and time to be confirmed.
Mystics U18 beat West Bromwich Albion 81-26 on the road. Mystics U18 have three games remaining.
Mystics 2 U16 lost a close one, 72-68, at Leicester Warriors. Mystics 2 U16 have three games remaining.
Magic U14 beat Newcastle Eagles 73-61 on the road, Magic U14 have one game left to play, it will be a Premier North title decider at City of Birmingham on Saturday 17th March (TBC).
Magic 2 U14 beat Cheshire Phoenix Juniors 82-67 at home to finish their North West I season with a record of 13-5. Cheshire Phoenix Juniors have one game remaining which will impact on Magic 2 U14’s final league placing; Magic 2 U14 will finish either 3rd or 4th in the North West I. If Cheshire Phoenix Juniors win their last game they will take 3rd, as they would have an equal record to Magic 2 U14 and they hold the head-to-head record by 2 points.
Magic 3 U14 beat Manchester Giants Green 71-34 at home. Magic 3 U14 have two games remaining.
Mystics U14 beat the young Tameside Royals Juniors 120-30 on the road. Mystics U14 finish with a 13-1 record, their final placing depends on the result of Sheffield Hatters against Hatfield Fliers, and if Sheffield wins the Hatters will take top spot as they would have an equal record to the Mystics and hold the head-to-head record by 6 points.
Mystics 2 U14 lost 73-25 at home to Sheffield Hatters. Mystics 2 U14 have one game remaining against Hatfield Fliers on Saturday 24th March at 1:00pm at home.
Saturday 17th March vs Bradford Dragons at 6:30pm
Sunday 18th March at Derby Trailblazers at 4:15pm Saturday 24th March vs Loughborough Student Riders at 6:30pm
Sunday 25th March at Loughborough Student Riders at 6:30pm
Saturday 31st March at Worthing Thunder at 7:30pm
Upcoming Mystics fixtures:
Friday 16th March vs Cardiff Met Archers at 7:15pm
Sunday 18th March at Durham Palatinates at 3:00pm WBBL Trophy Saturday 31st March vs Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters at 4:00pm WBBL Trophy
Saturday 7th April WBBL Trophy Semi-Final
Saturday 14th April WBBL Trophy Final
Friday 20th April at Leicester Riders at 5:00pm Saturday 28th April vs Sevenoaks Suns at 4:00pm
Greater Manchester Community Basketball is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Greater Manchester Community Basketball is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during March and April on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
Want to play 3×3 basketball? We’re planning on running leagues for men, women and juniors on Wednesday and Sunday nights (8pm-10pm) at the Amaechi Basketball Centre. If you would like to register your interest or want to know more, drop an email to Toloe, our Basketball Development Officer, at email@example.com or call him on 0161 881 0090.Why 3×3?
It’s growing hugely in popularity.
It’s simple to play.
It’s exciting to watch
Each squad only needs 4 players
And each squad plays several games in one night
Oh, and it will become an Olympic sport at the Tokyo Games in 2020
Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?
We’re looking for teams to join our Monday night Adult leagues and Friday night leagues.
Our Monday adult leagues, which restarted on Monday 18th September after the summer break. It costs just £24 per team per game and you’ll be playing at the fantastic Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range. If you’d like to enter a team or want to know more, contact league organiser Jane Thomas-Johnson on 07968 077138.
We’re looking for junior teams – boys and girls – to join our Friday Night Leagues at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
We are running 4 leagues in total: A Foundation League for mixed abilities (Approximate age range: 8-12). A Development League; (Age range: 9-13); A Premier League for players just below National League standard (Age range: 12-15); and a College League (Age range: 14-17).
If you are interested and want to know more, contact Phil Gordos on 07872412926 or the office on 0161 881 0090.
Shop Online? (Double donation week have been extended for another week, 18th-24th on selected online stores)
Pick from nearly 3,000 retailers and shop as usual, from your weekly shop to your next holiday there are so many different ways of raising funding from retailers via the easyfundraising.org.uk site
The club earns money from the retailer for your purchases
You can even save money with latest offers sent via email, install donation reminder to your browser and never forgot to donate, remember it doesn’t cost you anything more to do so and the club will benefit massively from the money raised.
There are nearly 3,000 online retailers that are signed up to donate via easyfundraising.org.ukincluding Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ebay, Apple Store, asos, Boots, Currys, Debenhams, Game, LateRooms.com, Next, Sainsbury’s, SportsDirect.com, Travel Lodge, vodafone, Hungry House, Just Eat, Jet2Holidays, Thomas Cook, Hotels.com, Thomson and many more, so if you use any shop at any of them please consider helping us, it costs you nothing other than a few minutes of your time.
Thank You in advance.
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Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £24 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £2.50
5:45 – 6:30pm Turn-Up-And-Play Year 3-6 Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 9:30pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:15am Tiny Tots Age 3 – 5 Coaching Boys and Girls – £2.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Boys Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Girls Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
For Saturday morning primary sessions: Groups are not meant to be a rigid division of school Years, just a guideline. Just get there and enjoy yourself!
For Tiny Tots sessions we say 3-5 year olds, however, it is up to the parent’s understanding of their child as to whether they feel the child can cope with the session.
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.