THE Mandurah Magic men’s team outplayed the East Perth Eagles to win game one of the sides’ quarter finals clash on Saturday, 99-91.
In their first final since 1999 the Magic, in front of their home crowd, started the better of the two sides taking an eight point lead, 30-22, into the first break.
Wayward shooting from the Magic in the second term saw them make just nine shots from 33 attempts at the basket to let the Eagles back into the game.
The Eagles took full advantage adding 28 points to the Magic’s 15 to take a five point lead into the main break.
The Magic came out with all guns blazing in the third period scoring 28 points to the Eagles 14 to take a handy nine point lead into the final term.
Despite their best efforts the Eagles could only reduce the deficit by one point falling eight points short of victory.
The win broke the Magic’s three game losing streak.
Taylor Mullenax was the Magic’s top scorer with 30 points and was well supported by Thomas Remmerswaal who chipped in with 19 of his own.
Tom Jervis top scored for the Eagles with 33 points and will be a player the Magic aim to stop.
The Magic will now look to wrap up the best of three game series when they travel to the Eagles' home court on Friday night for game two.