THE prospect of finals basketball has seemingly slipped out of reach of Mandurah Magic after it suffered an agonising five-point loss to Goldfield Giants on the road last Saturday.
The Magic never lost touch with the Giants but went down in a tight 105-100 contest.
Trevor Setty and Ben Smith led the way for the visitors, bagging 23 points each with Smith edging the rebounds 13-7.
It was a disappointing result for the Magic, needing a win to stay in touch with the top eight teams.
It now sits six points adrift from Perry Lakes Hawks, which occupy the final spot of the eight, with matches against fellow finals chasers Lakeside Lightning and Perth Redbacks to come as well as a clash with local rivals Rockingham.
The women enjoyed the weekend off as it gears up to take on Lakeside and defending champions Rockingham.
Currently tenth, a win against the Lightning on Friday evening could take the women into the eight.
Tip off for Friday’s games will be 6.30pm for women and 8.30pm for men at Lakeside Recreation Centre.
Saturday’s game at Mike Barnett Sports Complex against the Flames will begin at the same times.