Basketball: Mandurah Magic women into SBL semi-finals

Nici Gilday was outstanding for the Magic with 28 points and five rebounds.
Nici Gilday was outstanding for the Magic with 28 points and five rebounds.

THE Mandurah Magic women have advanced straight through to the State Basketball League semi-finals after winning both quarter-final games against the Perth Redbacks without being tested.

The Magic women finished the SBL regular season in second position in the standings, setting up their best of three-game quarter-final series with the seventh-placed Redbacks.

Mandurah opened the series last Saturday with a 66-59 victory at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre after holding off a frantic finish by the Redbacks.

The Magic then headed to Belmont Oasis for Game 2 on Saturday night and had little trouble beating the Redbacks 79-54 to secure the series victory.

It was a dominant performance by Mandurah, led by the work inside by centre Carly Boag who delivered 28 points and 19 rebounds.

Nici Gilday was also outstanding for the Magic with 28 points and five rebounds.

Casey Mihovilovich added nine points and five assists, while Bree Klasztorny contributed three points, nine rebounds and four assists.

That sees Mandurah advance to the semi finals to take on a Lakeside Lightning team who finished the season in third position and beat the Joondalup City Wolves in the quarter finals 2-0.

Game one will be held at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre this Saturday night.

The other women’s semi-final sees the Perry Lakes Hawks take on the Willetton Tigers. The Hawks beat the Cockburn Cougars in two games in the quarter finals, with the defending champion Tigers beating the Stirling Senators in three.

In the men’s competition, all four quarter-final series went to three games with the top four teams winning each Game 3 contest on their home floor.

In the end, the Willetton Tigers beat the Perry Lakes Hawks, the Joondalup City Wolves defeated the Cockburn Cougars, the Geraldton Buccaneers downed the Stirling Senators, and the Perth Redbacks prevailed over the Perth Redbacks.

The Tigers will now face the Redbacks in the semi-finals and the Wolves take on the Buccaneers.