THE Mandurah Magic women’s side broke a seven-game losing streak to record their first win of the season, defeating the Cockburn Cougars 87-72.
The Magic were able to extend their lead at every break in an impressive team performance.
The Magic set up a 10-point lead by the end of the first which was increased to 11 by the half time break.
The team continued to build on the lead in the third term adding 14 points to the Cougars’ 11.
The Cougars fought hard in the last but still allowed the Magic to increase the margin by a point.
The Cougars gave the Magic a massive 41 free throws with 26 coming in the last period as they attempted to close the gap.
Inevitably these free throws sealed the victory for the Magic.
Gemma Thomas once again top scored for the Magic with 22 with Bree Klasztorny adding 20.
Despite the horror start to the season the Magic are still just two wins out of the top eight.
The Mandurah Magic men’s team came crashing back down to Earth, suffering a 40-point loss at the hands of the Cockburn Cougars.
The Magic were competitive in the first half trailing by 11 points, 45-56, at the main break.
Whether it was tired legs or a concentration lapse the Magic were blown away in the second half.
Cockburn added 33 points compared to the Magic’s 12 in the third.
The Magic were only slightly better in the last adding 16 points compared to the Cougars 27 points to finish the game 76 to 116.
Thomas Remmerswaal top scored for the Magic with 21 while Taylor Land was able to make an impressive 11 assists.
The Magic were unable to contain Cougars forward Damien Scott who hit 32 points.
The loss saw the Cougars leap frog the Magic who have now slid to fifth on the ladder.