Moss Vale Magic defeat Newcastle Hunters on the road

Moss Vale Magic captain Isaac Martin and Zac Ottoson in defence for the visiting team. Photo: supplied
Moss Vale Magic captain Isaac Martin and Zac Ottoson in defence for the visiting team. Photo: supplied

With 30 second left in the match, Moss Vale Magic and Newcastle Hunters were tied at 77-77.

And with little time left , Moss Vale called a time out.

The Magic ran a play for Zac Ottoson who capitalised on his chance with a basket, followed by a steal with 13 seconds left in the match to ensure Moss Vale celebrated a victory on the road.

At full time, Moss Vale won it’s Waratah Youth League division two match in Newcastle 80-77. 

It was a slow start from the Magic after a long trip up to Newcastle.

The Moss Vale boys found themselves down 12-0 four minutes into the match.

“They were flat. The boys looked like they just got out of the car,” Magic assistant coach Ben Keegan said.

But captain Isaac Martin read them the riot at quarter time and his words seemed to have an effect.

Keegan said he told the team “we’re looking like custard out there. Let’s toughen up”..

From then on the Magic fought hard and put plenty of pressure on Newcastle to get back in the match and Carter Reeves- who top scored with 23 points- played a crucial role in keeping Moss Vale in the match during the first half.

Ottoson finished the game with 18 points and Martin got 12 points.

Strong free throw shooting from both Ottoson and Martin in the back end of the game also helped get the Magic over the line.

Both Will Mcgladdery and Brad Frost defended well to limit the Hunters scoring opportunities while Mitchell Bancroft got some good rebounds.

Keegan said it was another strong defensive performance.

“We believe we’re one of the best defensive team in the league.”

Martin also put away a few crucial baskets in the final few minutes of the match to help guide the team towards victory.

After a defeat last weekend at the hands of league leaders Shoalhaven, Keegan said the team was thrilled to be back in the winners circle.

Zac Ottoson gets up above the rim to block a Newcastle shot. Photo: supplied

Zac Ottoson gets up above the rim to block a Newcastle shot. Photo: supplied

The Magic will return home this weekend to take on the Illawarra Hawks on Saturday night.

Keegan said the side needed to ensure it started each quarter well.

“The first five minutes of every quarter are very important to us. It’s important that we’re focused from the word go,” he said.

Moss Vale sits 11th on the ladder with four wins and five losses from its nine games.

This weekend will be another tough assignment for the Magic who will be up against the third placed team.

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