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Manchester Mystics Academy vs John Madejski Academy

JMA booked their place in the semi-finals of the WEABL play-offs with a comprehensive 70-36 win over a weakened Manchester Mystics Academy.

Paula Romero Tarrega led the way for the visitors with 15 points at the National Basketball Performance Centre. The Mystics were led by Great Britain U16 international Jade Mbam, who hit 18 points, 10 of which coming in the second quarter. JMA took control of the game with a 10-point run to lead 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Mystics closed the gap slightly to 10 by the end of the half, but the visitors effectively sealed the win by winning the third 21-2. JMA, who finished third in the Southern Conference, pushed their lead out further in the final quarter as they booked their place in the last four.

Angelique Villava-Cua’s 12 points for JMA all came way of threes, while Anabel Latorre Ciria also made it into double figures with 10. Chloe Andrew and Remi Idowu added seven points apiece for the Mystics, who finished second in the Northern Conference under coach Natalie Chaloner.

“We are really happy,” said JMA coach Blai Benlloch. “The Mystics were really brave. We are through to another semi-final and we are ready for the next fight.”