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A-grade fi­nals

A-grade played two knock-out semi-fi­nals on Wed­nes­day night. Magic 47 def Celtics 34 With only five play­ers avail­able Magic played its team game well, shar­ing the ball be­tween play­ers and work­ing on their strengths.

Celtics were in the game for most of the first half, but a quick five points by Magic in the last minute saw them down by nine at half-time.

Magic con­trolled the ball and the tempo of the game, and Celtics were un­able to get any con­sis­tent team of­fence go­ing.

Celtics con­tin­ued to work hard and kept the sec­ond half mar­gin to four points, but Magic was not to be headed and fin­ished the game a 13-point win­ner.

Top scor­ers: Magic: Thomas Doo­ley-Heath 19 points, Josh Evans 18 points.

Celtics: Oliver Watt 11 points, Kel­ham Tyson 7 points. Bulls 49 def Heat 42 Af­ter its sur­prise win last week, Heat came out full of pur­pose and en­ergy, us­ing its speed and en­deav­our to gain mul­ti­ple turnovers.

Un­for­tu­nately it was un­able to con­vert this on the score­board.

Bulls worked as a team and had five play­ers con­tribut­ing points by half-time to see them get out to a five-point lead 23-18.

Heat never gave up and kept chas­ing, but Bulls kept their lead and their cool, fin­ish­ing seven points up at the fi­nal siren.

Top scor­ers: Bulls: Ryan Hatch 15 points, Ri­ley O’Neill 13 points.

Heat: Jarom Owen-Horn 20 points, Reece Mul­vi­hill 10 points.

B-grade pre­lim­i­nary

fi­nal

A fan­tas­tic start to the game by Heat saw it score the first 12 points of the game.

But Magic would not giv­ing up, and two three-point­ers from Emre Coskun, and a timely two from Makai Stan­ton, saw Magic back in the game 7-12.

It was the kick-start it needed and, de­spite fierce de­fence from Heat, Magic fought back to 12-all at half-time.

The sec­ond half started like the end of the first, with Magic con­tin­u­ing to score.

Makai Stan­ton hit a three, and two points from Travis Perry saw Magic get out to a five-point lead, be­fore Kade Walker stead­ied the ship for Heat with two points.

This was as close as Heat got, as Magic held the lead and con­tinue to build, fin­ish­ing the Top scor­ers: Magic: Makai Stan­ton 13 points, Emre Coskun 8 points.

Heat: Kristofer An­swer 7 points, Char­lotte Gray 6 points.

C/D-grade pre­lim­i­nary

fi­nal

It was a strong start to the game for Bulls, putting on pres­sure down the court and be­ing re­warded with turnovers.

Heat worked hard to match the Bulls de­fen­sively, and started to make a come­back mid­way through the first quar­ter.

An im­pres­sive first half from both teams saw them with 18 each at half-time.

The sec­ond half started with both teams go­ing fiercely for the ball, match­ing goal for goal in an in­tense game with max­i­mum ef­fort from all play­ers.

Go­ing into the fi­nal three min­utes Heat man­aged to get a two-point lead.

Con­tin­u­ous hard work both de­fen­sively and of­fen­sively by both teams kept the score close and the crowd on the edge of their seats.

De­spite Bulls’ best ef­forts Heat came away with a well-de­served win.

Fi­nal score: 25.

Play­ers scor­ing their max­i­mum 10 points for the game were: Daniel Simp­son Thoullis, Cooper Gow, Archer Back­way, Jonah Sad­dlier.

Heat 29 def Bulls

Grand fi­nals

A-grade: Magic v Bulls 6.30 pm Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28.

B-grade: Bulls v Magic 7.30 pm Mon­day, Novem­ber 26.

C/D-grade: Heat v Celtics 6 pm Mon­day, Novem­ber 26.

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