SBL: Mandurah Magic women remains unbeaten, men still searching for win

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

THE contrasting starts to the State Basketball League season for the Mandurah Magic men’s and women’s teams continued against the Joondalup Wolves on Saturday night.

The Magic teams made the trek to Joondalup Basketball Stadium, with the Mandurah women looking to remain undefeated and the men hunting a first victory of 2017.

The women’s clash loomed as a tremendous battle, with the Magic putting their unbeaten record up against the team that had won last year’s minor premiership and played off in the grand final.

But Mandurah ensured it was barely a contest, highlighting their championship credentials with the 99-58 hammering of the Lady Wolfpack on their home floor.

WNBL championship winner with the Sydney Uni Flames, Carly Boag, was a dominant presence for the Magic in the win, finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds on the back of shooting 10-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Nici Gilday added 19 points and seven rebounds for Mandurah while Casey Mihovilovich finished with 14 points, seven boards and six assists, and Morgan Ballantyne 10 points.

The Magic had plenty more contributors, with Bree Klasztorny adding seven points and six rebounds, Rachel Halleen seven points, Kasey Miegel five and Emma Klasztorny five.

The win improved the Magic women to a 6-0 start to the season but for the men, they slipped to 0-7 under new coach Aaron Trahair with the Wolves recording the 95-81 victory on their home floor.

Veteran big man Taylor Mullenax did all he could for the Magic, finishing with 28 points and five rebounds.

New point guard Will McNeill added 17 points and six rebounds for Mandurah, with Damon Ballantyne, Ricky Kreklow and Fletcher Klasztorny all scoring eight points apiece.