The momentum was in their favour, but after six minutes of court time, the game was postponed.
In a frustrating day at the office, the Magic Youth League Men's side faced off with the Inner West Bulls Black on Saturday, July 25 at Ryde.
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The game was scheduled to start at 1pm and just after six minutes of play the court surface was discovered to be unplayable due to condensation.
Moss Vale Magic Youth League Coach, Rick Davies said it was all a bit up in the air for a moment.
"The referees and coaches consulted and decided to postpone the game," Davies said.
"The Magic were up by one point at this stage and it was decided to reschedule the game until 5pm later that day.
"The game was allowed to be restarted as per Waratah League rules."
After the restart, the game was closely contested and points difference never expanded past more than six points all game.
With the Bulls going ahead going into the last quarter, the Magic clawed back the lead and were ahead 58-55 with four minutes remaining.
"We had some great inside play by Magic high scorer Kyle Leslie," Davies said.
"The Bulls then went on a scoring run with Leslie being substituted by the referee due to blood on his shirt.
"We managed to pull back the lead when Leslie returned to the court and a set play in the last minute to put Tristan Glenn in a position to hit a three pointer and reduce the deficit to only one point.
"It was then fouls and free throws for the remaining 20 seconds where the Bulls came away with a close win of 68-65."
High scorers for the Magic were:
- Kyle Leslie 20
- Zeke Van Kooten 9
- Josh Watts 9
- Tristan Glenn 9
Spencer Reed made his return to the Magic after injury. In a solid debut Reed managed to pull down some great rebounds and scored eight points.
"A great game considering the boys had the wait around for four hours before playing and the difference was some easy shots that we failed to make," Davies said.
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