James Watt College 57 – 70 Manchester Magic Academy

Manchester took a big step towards securing a potential playoff spot in the Northern Conference as they defeated James Watt 70-57.

Manchester started the game strong and with high intensity whilst JWC couldn’t match that same output. Manchester was able to take charge of the game early behind their solid defence and relentless attacking, particularly on the offensive boards. It was a strong quarter for Manchester, who set the tone for the rest of the game in the early going, leading 21-16 after 1.

James Watt responded with better defence in the 2nd as Manchester found it harder to score. The hosts were still trying to find a rhythm offensively which they found difficult but were able to win with quarter by 2 points. That gave the Magic a half time lead of 4 points at 35-31.

The second half started with both teams matching each other basket for basket. James Watt were controlling the offensive threat from Manchester while struggling to score themselves at the other end. James Watt were able to squeeze the quarter by 2 points, with a 49-47 score line going into the last.

In the final quarter, Manchester took charge. They raised their defensive awareness and were able to create turnovers and capitalising on the other end. The gap widened and again James Watt found it hard to score. Manchester raced away, creating a lead that was too much for JWC to overcome.

Top scorers for James Watt were Josh Ijeh with 23, Sam Cheshire with 16 and Wakeem Richardson on 8.

Jason Ani had 22 points for Manchester, as Noah Togo and Malachi Boakye-Yiadom finished on 8.

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