Derby Trailblazers Academy vs Manchester Magic Academy

Derby Trailblazers Academy defeat Manchester Magic Academy 96-73 in a northern EABL clash on Wednesday night, avenging the two point defeat suffered in Manchester earlier in the season.

Derby won the first quarter 21-17 behind the hot hand of Tyler Mutemasango who drained 3 triples, a pair from mid-range and finished well at the bucket on his way to 17 personal first period points.

It continued to be a tight contest in the second as Manchester’s Gargan netted a three to give them the lead at 28-29. It would be the last time they led, as Derby pressed for the remainder of the half, creating a handful of steals and layups to open up a 50-42 half time lead.

Derby took control in the second half behind Luke Ptak’s offensive barrage and some fine team defence. Ptak scored 8 points in the third and then 11 in the first three minutes of the fourth to half, and when Jake Brown scored a floater and then a three pointer Derby peeked at 91-62. Manchester rallies in the final minutes to close the gap as the game ended 96-73.

Derby were lead by Luke Ptak’s 29 points and 6 rebounds, Mutemasango’s 26 points and 7 rebounds, Bowman had 10 points while Charlie Brown collected 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 points.

Manchester were led by Gargan who had 18 points and May who had 17 points and 8 rebounds.

After the game Derby Assistant Coach, Phil Storer commented, “The lads played a very good game today. We asked them to move the ball and play as a team offensively and I thought they did that really well. We also work very hard defensively. It’s a pleasing win but maybe more important it was a good performance and lots to build on in the coming weeks”

Next for Derby is SGS College while Manchester host Newcastle both on January 30th.


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