SBL: three wins from four for Mandurah Magic


Nici Gilday had a big night with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Picture: Vikki Hile
Nici Gilday had a big night with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Picture: Vikki Hile

FOUR games for three wins made for a successful weekend in the State Basketball League for the Mandurah Magic.

The weekend for the Magic began on Friday night at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre against the Joondalup Wolves.

Mandurah’s women held off the Lady Wolfpack to win 63-60 in a thrilling contest.

Evergreen veteran Casey Mihovilovich starred with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Carly Boag added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic and Nici Gilday 12 points, and Bree Klasztorny eight points and seven boards.

The Magic men couldn’t quite back it up against a strong Joondalup team, with the Wolves winning 90-78.

Point guard Will McNeill again top-scored with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Veteran big man Taylor Mullenax added 19 points and six boards.

Then on Saturday night, the Magic made the trip to Ray Owen Sports Centre starting with the women scoring a strong win over Kalamunda 104-81 to improve to an 11-1 record in second position.

Gilday had a big night with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Boag also had 26 points, seven boards and six steals.

Mihovilovich added another 12 points and captain Rachel Halleen 12 to go with six assists.

The Magic men then scored their second win of the 2017 season coming away with the 100-96 victory over the Eastern Suns.

It was an impressive showing and a deserved breakthrough for the Magic after a string of competitive showings and narrow losses.

McNeill once again starred for Mandurah with 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

But he had plenty of support with Mullenax finishing with 16 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots, Ruot Pal 13 points and nine boards, Tom Remmerswaal 12 points and Andrew Bowman 10 to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

The Magic are at home this Friday night hosting the South West Slammers at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

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