SBL 2019, Round Six: South West Slammers lose to Mandurah

The South West Slammers' women's side fell to sixth on the 2019 State Basketball League ladder following its loss to seventh-placed Mandurah Magic on Thursday night.

Travelling to the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre in round six, the Slammers were favoured to take home the points.

The Magic hit the ground running in the opening term. Smart decisions and a strong team dynamic saw Mandurah secure a 10-point lead at quarter time.

Casey Mihovilovich (17) landed 50 per cent of her attempts, while Emma Klasztorny (11) picked up a double-double with an impressive 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Slammers' import Makailah Dyer (16) kept the visitors in the contest with a six-point haul in the second quarter.

Trailing 31 to 21 at the main break, the Slammers refused to give up.

Dyer and fellow import Brittni Montgomery (11) ripped through Mandurah's defence early in the third term.

Sharp shooting from Courtney Bayliss (10) and a late surge from Aimee Coles (5) reduced the deficit to five just before three-quarter time.

Landing 13 to seven in a plodding final term, the Magic came away with a 62 to 51 upset victory.

The Slammers' men's side slumped to its eighth consecutive loss last week.

Once again, import Tyler Livingston (31) and captain Michael Lay got the Slammers off to a cracking start.

Dominating possession and working well together, the visitors held a commanding 27 to 17 lead at quarter time.

The second term belonged to the Magic. Shaun Stewart (top scoring with 38) put Mandurah back in front, while Marvin Smith II (26) and former Slammer Travis Durnin (15) were both effective.

Ahead by one at the main break, the Magic fought off a rejuvenated Slammers' line-up to claim a five-point lead at three-quarter time.

Both teams delivered powerful performances in a high-scoring, high-intensity fourth term, before Mandurah made it two-for-two with a 94 to 88 win.

Slammer Brody England notched up his first double-double for the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Slammers' men remain at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Both Slammers' sides will take on Lakeside Lightning, at Eaton Recreation Centre, this Saturday night.

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