SBL: Mandurah Magic women on a winning streak

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TWO more wins for the Mandurah Magic women on the weekend saw them move two games clear on top spot in the State Basketball League while the men went down in the corresponding match ups.

It was a double-header for the Magic in the SBL hosting the Lakeside Lightning on Saturday night and the Willetton Tigers on Sunday at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Saturday night began well with the Magic women coming from behind to beat the third placed Lightning 94-83.

With the Perry Lakes Hawks suffering its first loss of the season on Friday against the Joondalup City Wolves, the win took Mandurah to top spot.

Carly Boag had another imposing performance with 25 points and 16 rebounds with Casey Mihovilovich adding 25 points and Nici Gilday 21 points and seven boards.

The Magic gave themselves yet another chance of a third men’s win for the season with point guard Will McNeill on fire.

But they just fell short of a stunning comeback with Lakeside holding on to win 103-101.

McNeill finished with 42 points, nine rebounds and five assists while hitting a superb 8-of-12 from three-point range.

Taylor Mullenax had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists while Ruot Pal had a career-best performance with 19 points.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Magic women had to back up the previous night’s tough contest with the Lightning against the defending champion Tigers.

Mandurah pulled away either side of half-time to set put the eventual 98-54 win.

That improves the Magic to a 16-1 record to be two games now on top ahead of the 14-1 Perry Lakes.

Gilday had another 33 points and seven assists with Mihovilovich finishing with 21 points and Boag 14 to go with 14 rebounds.

Then in the men’s contest, it was a scrappy affair between both teams but the second-placed Willetton did enough to come away with the 75-59 victory.

McNeill had another 25 points and eight rebounds for the Magic with Mullenax scoring 12 points.

The Magic women and men remain at home this Saturday night playing the Perth Redbacks.

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