Manchester Crowned U18 National Cup Winners -

Manchester Crowned U18 National Cup Winners

Manchester Magic 2012 Under 18 National Cup Winners

Manchester Magic took the 2012 Under-18 National Cup after rolling past Reading Rockets Academy 77-57 in the final on Sunday at the Amaechi Centre, Manchester.

The result never looked in doubt as Manchester controlled the game from start to finish behind an MVP performance from Jack Crook, who finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds on 10/15 shooting.

The lone bright spot for Reading was Durrell Charles, who went 9/14 from the field for his 24 points, adding 3 steals and 3 assists, as rising young star Luke Nelson (1995 born) struggled to get going, finishing with 13 points on 5/20 shooting.

Full stats, play by play and box score can be found here.


  • This 20 point victory was the closest result Manchester have had in their cup run. Including the final, their margin of victory in each of their 6 games has been an average of 36 points!
  • Luke Nelson picked up two quick fouls and was stuck on the bench for a large portion of the first half. Ended up getting visibly frustrated with the referees after a series of no-calls; Reading stood little chance without a big game from him.
  • Durrell Charles played big for Reading, scoring on a number of tough drives to the basket.
  • Manchester are just too deep for teams to compete with. Nine of their 12 players got on the scoresheet (9/10 who actually played), with Tom Devitt doing a good job running the point whilst Jack Crook dominated inside.

Did you get to the Amaechi Centre? Thoughts?


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