A FINAL quarter comeback couldn’t prevent the Mandurah Magic men’s team from losing to the Willetton Tigers on Friday night.
The Magic trailed at every change but rallied in the final term to almost snatch victory, falling just eight points short of the win, 87-95.
The Magic trailed by two points at the end of the first period 19-21, but the deficit increased to 13 by half time, 38-51.
The Magic added 19 points in the third term while the Tigers added 22 to lead by 16.
The Magic’s accuracy improved in the final quarter which resulted in 30 points, however the Tigers also improved their accuracy and managed 22 points from limited opportunities to take the win.
Aaron Trahair was the Magic’s top scorer with 21 points while Taylor Mullenax hit 20.
The loss has seen the Magic men slip to fifth on the ladder on percentage behind fourth-placed Cockburn.
The Mandurah Magic women’s side was plagued with inaccuracy as they suffered a beating from Willetton Tigers, 53-79, their 11th loss of the season.
The first period saw both sides score 12 points in a tightly contested term.
This would be the closest the Magic would get for the remainder of the game as the Tigers added 33 points to the Magic’s 14 in the second term to lead by 19.
The third term was a tighter affair as the Magic added 16 points compare to the Tigers 23.
To their credit the Magic were able to break even with the Tigers in the last with both side scoring 11 points.
The Magic’s inaccuracy cost them any chance of the win with both their inside and outside shooting percentages under 30 per cent.
Shelley Boston was the Magic’s top scorer with 18.
The Magic are still a mathematical chance of playing finals but would have to win almost all of their remaining 10 games starting with league leader the South West Slammers this Friday night.