Magic boys, girls from Ancaster place fourth in Chicago

Nancy Wilson-Blackley, assistant Djordje Dabic, and players Jaiya Morphet and Natalie Vigna. (Photo: Ancaster Magic Basketball Club)

Jaiya Morphet and Natalie Vigna of the Ancaster Magic Basketball Club recently won the National Basketball Association 2-Ball competition at the National Summer Classic in Chicago.

The win capped off a summer of intense training including daily fitness, strength, conditioning, and shooting 1,100 shots from various spots around the basket. It was the first shooting competition the girls had entered and the win was an exciting way to kick off the tournament, where the team placed fourth out of 24 teams.

Morphet and Vigna and their Magic teammates were competing in the Grade 6 Girls U12 American Athletic Union division in the NBA 2 Ball event and team play.

In team play, Ancaster downed Rockford Wildcats, 18-15, with Vigna scoring 10 points. The Magic then beat Wisconsin Elite, 22-15 led by Vigna’s 14 point effort. The team picked up its third win, 35-28, over the Spiece Wolfpac from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Vigna dropped in 22 points.

The Wisconsin Shooting Stars handed the Magic its first loss, 41-28, with Vigna topping the Ancaster scorers with 16. The Magic rebounded with a 28-22 win over Rockford, Vigna had a 22-point effort. The Wolfpac avenged its earlier loss and scored a 38-25 bronze medal win over Ancaster with Vigna scoring 15 points.

In addition to the Chicago tournament, the Elite Grade 6 team has traveled to Buffalo and Rochester this summer.

The Magic’s Elite Grade 10 Boys, competing in the tournament’s AAU U16 division, also placed fourth with a 2-2 record. Ancaster opened with a 41-31 win over Illinois First Time Energy with Djordje Dabic scoring 12 points. Lead by Brock Giedraitis’s 17 points and Dabic’s 16, Ancaster took a 76-36 game from JCB Elite. The Rockford Ambassadors handed Ancaster a 68-53 defeat with Woods Brown (15) and Dabic (14) pacing the Magic.

The Elite team got back into the win column, turning aside the Illinois Predators, 59-52, led by Amanjot Nannar’s 15 points. Ancaster won its next game by forfeit over the Illinois Ambush but came up short, 53-40, against the Illinois Gold Rush in the bronze medal game. Top scorer for Ancaster was Giedraitis.

This summer the boys’ team placed third at the Syracuse Pre-Dome Nationals in June and won the Cleveland Showdown in July.

Tryouts and training for the Magic clubs upcoming season will resume shortly and interested players can visit for more information.

This past spring the Magic introduced an AAU basketball development program for rep players interested in summer training and a higher level of play and competition.