Month: January 2022

Manchester Magic U18 National Cup Winners 2021-22

More Cup success for Magic

Manchester Magic have added another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.

The U18s beat Sussex Storm 70-66 in an exciting National Cup final in Belle Vue.

The Magic dominated from the start, repelling a late run by the Storm to clinch their eight success in the competition and the club’s 24th National Cup win at junior level.

Magic guard Zak Moore was named MVP at the National Basketball Performance Centre after collecting 22 points, with 5 steals, 2 assists and 3 rebounds.

Mystics U16 fell just short in their quest, losing out 72-70 to GCA Haringey Angels in a pulsating final in front of fantastic home support.

Jordan and Patrick Whelan

Brothers in Arms

Big congratulations to two outstanding basketball players who spent 7 years in the Magic programme learning their skills.

The Whelan brothers, Jordan and Patrick, compete in the BBL Cup Final in Birmingham on Sunday 30th January on opposite sides! Jordan is with Manchester Giants and Patrick is with Leicester Riders.

Jordan, the older brother, left the Club at 18 years to play College ball in the USA, firstly at Frank Phillips College in Texas, then to Mid-American Nazarene University in Kansas. After finishing his College career, he secured a 2-year Pro contract in Germany before returning to England to play BBL basketball at Worcester, London Lions and finally returned to play for his local BBL team, Manchester Giants.

Patrick spent 4 years at William Jewell College (NCAA Division 2) in Missouri after finishing his A Levels in England. He then took up the offer of a Pro contract in Spain (LEB Gold/Silver) for 3 years. He is now in the first year of a 2-year Masters course at Loughborough University whilst playing for Leicester Riders.

Both brothers are very fine products of our Magic programme and excellent examples of the standards we try to instil at the Magic, both on and off the floor.

We wish them all the best in the Cup Final and remain neutral about the result!

The brothers appeared on The BBL Show to discuss facing off in the Final: