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.
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.
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.
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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.