THE Mandurah Magic had a mixed Friday night in the State Basketball League, with the women scoring a win but the men going down to the South West Slammers.
The Magic hosted the Slammers in the women’s and men’s contests as part of Rivalry Round on Friday night in the SBL at the renovated Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
The action got underway with the women’s contest and the second-placed Magic proved too strong, winning 89-54 over the Slammers.
It was a dominant performance by Mandurah, who improved to a 12-1 record on the season as a result to remain clear in second spot.
The Magic were far too strong for the lowly Slammers, with Carly Boag top-scoring with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals.
Casey Mihovilovich added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, with Nici Gilday finishing with 14 points and six boards, Morgan Ballantyne nine points and Rachel Pettit eight.
Then in the corresponding men’s fixture, it was a big job for the bottom-placed Magic against an on-fire Slammers team.
The game played out that way too, with South West managing to win 98-85 to have now won eight of its last 10 matches.
Mandurah battled hard in search of its third win of the season, but the Slammers’ weapons of Tre Nichols, Brian Voelkel and Clive Weeden proved too strong.
But the Magic never gave up, with point guard Will McNeill again leading the way with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Chad Simpson had a breakout performance for Mandurah with 21 points and five rebounds, while nailing five of 10 from three-point range.
The Magic women and men now have a double-header to look forward to this weekend, starting on Friday night in Rockingham against the Flames.
Then on Saturday night, it’s back to Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre against the Cockburn Cougars.