The SoCal Moguls (10-4) handed the Bakersfield Magic (2-12) their 6th loss in a row. The Magic’s last win came against the Moguls back on March 26th.
The Moguls took an early 11 point lead in the first quarter and seemed to have the game in hand after the tip. To their credit however the Magic battled back. While the first quarter was all Moguls, the second quarter belonged to the Magic. Christopher Turner led the charge back with 22 points at halftime. The score was tied 62-62 when the whistle blew ending the second quarter. What looked to be an easy win for the Moguls at the start of the game turned into a battle.
It was anyone’s game.
One of the key qualities of a good team is how they respond to adversity. The Moguls were pushed by the Magic and they responded by pushing back. Led by the dynamic backcourt of Josue Salaam and Julian Winton the Moguls stormed back in front of their home crowd. Winton led the team with 34 points and 5 assists. Some of those assists were “get the crowd on their feet” variety! Salaam chipped in 25 points. In total, the Moguls had 5 players in double-digits and dominated the Magic in the final quarter.
While the Moguls were able to pull away a bit in the 3rd, it was the 4th where they delivered the knockout punch. The home team took that quarter 32-16 and the game 130-108.
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