SBL: Magic men take it to Lightning, while women’s continue unbeaten start


Damon Ballantyne driving the Magic forward.
SBL: Magic men take it to Lightning, while women’s continue unbeaten start
Damon Ballantyne driving the Magic forward.

Veteran Taylor Mullenax lining up a shot during the Magic’s clash against Lakeside Lightning.        Pictures: Michael Cronin

The Magic played the Lightning at Lakeside Recreation on Friday night, with the women’s team backing up their opening-round victory over the defending champion Willetton Tigers, recording an 87-77 win.

Mandurah was impressive against Willetton and then welcomed back Carly Boag for Friday, fresh off being part of the WNBL championship-winning team with the Sydney Uni Flames.

She had a big impact against the Lightning with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

New import guard Nici Gilday continued her impressive start with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, while evergreen veteran Casey Mihovilovich continued to lead the way with 21 points, nine boards and three steals.

Emma Klasztorny also added 14 points and eight boards in an all-round impressive performance from the Magic women.

Then in the men’s clash, Mandurah took it right up to Lakeside, with veteran Taylor Mullenax leading from the front.

But the Lightning just had too much in the finish, to win by seven points despite a spirited Magic showing.

Mullenax was the star, showing he still has plenty to offer coming off a knee injury that ended his 2016 prematurely. The big man contributed 34 points.

It is a young Magic team aside from Mullenax this season for the most part under new coach Aaron Trahair. Fletcher Klasztorny impressed with 18 points while Damon Ballantyne added 12 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

New import Ricky Kreklow also had 12 points, six assists and five boards.

The Magic men will travel to Kalgoorlie to play the Goldfields Giants this Saturday night, giving the women the round 3 bye.