MANDURAH Magic’s women spearheaded the side’s success on the weekend, beating Cockburn 73-64 before nearly upsetting the top-of-the-table Willetton Tigers only to fall just short 71-68.
The Magic got the weekend off to a perfect start with the win over the Cougars, largely thanks to Adijat Adams and Annette Davis.
Adams (16 points and 8 rebounds) and Davis (15 points and 13 rebounds) took the game to Cockburn away from home, as a big final quarter helped Mandurah to a solid win.
The men weren’t able to continue the women’s charge, going down 115-77 to the second-placed Cougars. Trevor Setty again led the charge for Mandurah with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Smith had 20 points and eight rebounds in the heavy loss.
A day later and the women again showed their finals credentials, pushing the ladder-leading Tigers all the way before succumbing by just three points.
With scores level at three-quarter time, Willetton was just able to pull away in the final term despite 23 points and eight rebounds to Mandurah veteran Casey Mihovilovich.
Davis was also among the action with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The weekend’s results leave Mandurah just outside the eight, level on points with eighth-placed Kalamunda.
The men took a narrow lead into quarter-time against the Tigers but could not hold on as the fourth-placed Tigers accelerated away to an 88-76 win.
Ben Smith bagged 25 points and 19 rebounds in a monster performance but it was not enough as Mandurah slumped to second bottom of the ladder.
Both teams travel to Morley to take on the East Perth Eagles on Saturday night.