MANDURAH Magic played their first State Basketball League matches in the redeveloped Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Friday night with mixed results.
While the official opening of the facility that received a $42-million upgrade won’t take place until Mother’s Day when Mandurah plays the Rockingham Flames, the basketball courts were ready to host their first games on Friday night.
The Magic men and women hosted the Kalamunda Eastern Suns for the club’s first home games since 2015.
It started with the women’s contest the Magic performed tremendously to remain undefeated after four rounds this SBL season. They won 91-57 in a dominant performance that also kept the Eastern Suns winless so far in 2017.
Mandurah’s import guard Nici Gilday was outstanding in the 34-point win finishing the night with 33 points and five rebounds.
Carly Boag added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, Rachel Halleen 13 points and Casey Mihovilovich nine to go with six assists.
It wasn’t quite as enjoyable a night for the Mandurah men with the Eastern Suns recording their first win of the season at the Magic’s expense, winning 101-86.
Magic import Ricky Kreklow likely played his best game of the season since arriving in Mandurah. He finished with 23 points and six rebounds.
Experienced big man Taylor Mullenax also had 23 points for the Magic with Fletcher Klasztorny contributing 16 points and seven rebounds.
New import guard Will McNeill struggled for much impact with just two points, seven rebounds and three assists in a team-high 31 minutes of court time.
Round 5 of the SBL all takes place on Easter Thursday with the Magic travelling to Wally Hagan Stadium to take on the Cougars.