Magic have proved to be Bradford’s Achilles heel over recent seasons, with the Dragons not having had a sniff of a win against their red-rose rivals for quite some time. However, with Ricky Fetske returning to the Dragons’ line-up, following a forced two-week absence due to concussion protocol, the underdogs were confident of causing an upset.
But, the home side showed their intent right from the off, racing into an eighteen-point lead before the Dragons had put a single score on the board. In fact, it took four minutes of the game before Dragons’ veteran, Jason Swaine eventually sank the first basket for the travelling Dragons, quickly followed by a three-pointer from Marcus Gooding. Whilst Bradford held their own for the remainder of the opening period, when the buzzer sounded they were on the wrong end of a 28-13 score-line.