Moss Vale Magic defeat Hawkesbury Jets

Sinking 10 three-point shots, the Moss Vale Magic proved to be too strong at home on Saturday for Hawkesbury Jets.

The Magic were in control for the entire match as they secured a 91-68 victory in their Waratah Youth League division two game.

Most pleasing for the home fans and coach Kevin Campbell was the side’s intensity during the match.

Moss Vale held a 24-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and went into the halftime break ahead 42-32.

With no flat periods, the Magic came out firing after halftime and three three-pointers in a row from Moss Vale’s top scorer Carter Reeves (32 points) was enough to ensure momentum stayed with the home side.

Campbell said it was the most three-point shots the team had scored so far this season in a great team performance.

With just a handful of matches left in the season and playing for their pride, the Magic showed just what they are capable of out on the court.

“Once we relax and play like that and run our plays we can beat any team in the competition,” Campbell said.

“It was a convincing win and we played for four quarters tonight which was good. We didn’t have any flat periods which we’ve had in past few weeks and the big guys stepped up.

“Right from first the quarter, the combinations were good and the passing was good.”

Tom Bancroft stood up once again and finished with 18 points.

Alex Davenport also finished with double figures, scoring 14 points for the match in what Campbell described as his best game of the season.

Captain Isaac Martin got plenty of court time in Saturday’s match and Campbell said his leadership in keeping the team focused for four quarters was crucial as was his defence.

The match also featured the return of Justin Sloggett.

“He provided the team with plenty of energy, enthusiasm and intensity off the bench,” Campbell said

Sloggett was part of the 2015 championship winning side and Campbell said it was the first time he had played alongside Reeves, Martin and Mitchell Bancroft, who were also part of the 2015 team.

The Magic’s next challenge will be Illawarra Hawks Red on Sunday, July 15.

With no pressure on them, Campbell said the team needed to go out and play like it did against the Jets.

“We said before the game there’s five games left, there’s no pressure so let’s go out, play hard and try to finish the season with five wins.

“It was a very pleasing performance [against the Jets]. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Magic will be hoping for four more wins to finish off the season, with matches against Illawarra, Central Coast, Macarthur and Shoalhaven.

Campbell said Zac Ottosson, who has been out injured, could make his return to the side for the clash against Illawarra.