SBL: Magic men taste victory for first time as women continue to weave spell

Finals in sight: The Perth Redbacks have secured a spot in the semi-finals
Finals in sight: The Perth Redbacks have secured a spot in the semi-finals

FOR the first time this season, Mandurah Magic celebrated men’s and women’s victories in the State Basketball League on Saturday night heading into a big occasion this weekend.

The Magic women remain on top of the SBL standings after another victory on Saturday night, beating the East Perth Eagles 70-52 at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

Again it was Carly Boag who was the dominant presence with 26 points, 17 rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and two assists.

She had plenty of help too with Nici Gilday having 16 points and five rebounds, Casey Mihovilovich 11 points and six boards, and Bree Klasztorny 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Mandurah’s men won their first game of 2017, upsetting the hugely talented East Perth team 107-96 on their home floor in an impressive performance.

Veteran big man Taylor Mullenax again was a force for Mandurah with 23 points and he got plenty of help led by Ricky Kreklow with 19 points and five rebounds.

Will McNeill also had 16 points and nine assists for the Magic, Tom Remmerswaal 12 points, Damon Ballantyne 12 and Daniel Munday 11 to go with five assists.

It is a massive double-header coming up for Magic starting on Friday night at Bendat Basketball Centre against the Perry Lakes Hawks.

For the women, it’s a battle of two undefeated teams with Mandurah a chance to go further clear on top with a win before the men try to win consecutive games.

And on Saturday night it’s the official opening of the redeveloped Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre with the Magic hosting the Rockingham Flames from 6pm.

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