Some may call it the Mecca of basketball, some may say basketball was invented in Massachusetts but perfected in Indiana. Either way basketball is life in the Hoosier state and the 2015 adidas Invitational was a showcase of this talent.
Several squads from the Volunteer state ventured up to the Hoosier state to represent at adidas with varying degrees of success.
In the 16 and under division the Nashville Celtics made some noise with a strong bracket finish in the Platinum Division while in the Gold Bracket the Music City Stars advanced to the title game.
The Celtics playing in one of the designated Super Pools came out of the gates rough losing their first two contests but managed to find their rhythm with a win in their pool play game thus setting forth the momentum that would carry them in bracket play.
The Celtics started bracket play with a convincing 69-64 win over Grassroots Indiana then behind 24 points from John Carter (Summit) bested Indiana Elite Central 66-50.
Michael Parker (Maplewood) had a big tournament and was clutch in the Indiana Elite Central victory knocking down 5 for 5 from deep and dishing out double digit assists. His contributions throughout the weekend were lauded by everyone who attended the games.
The Celtics advanced to the Elite Eight but fell in a tight one to Greenwood Elite 78-73.
Carter was a monster all weekend leading the Celtics in scoring while Tristan Jarrett (Haywood) and Geordan Reed (Jackson Southside) also showed they could score at the highest level. Brice Williams (Blackman) showed some scoring prowess with an 18 point contest in the quarter-finals while coaches were quick to point out the defensive and board work contributions of David Murry (Liberty Tech) and David Ivy (Blackman).
Also competing in the Platinum Division the Memphis Bulls finished 2-1 falling in their bracket opener 74-66 to the Kentucky Grind while M33M finished 1-3 losing their bracket game 66-62 to the Indiana Elite Clippers.
In the Gold Division the Music City Stars represented Tennessee in a major way advancing to the title game before falling to Grassroots Indiana 81-74.
The Stars finished 2-1 in pool play action then went on a three game win streak in Gold bracket action besting the Shining Stars 64-51, dropping Rise Athletics from Canada 83-67 with 31 large from Hunter Vick (Camden Central) and polishing off the Hidden Gems 71-53 behind 25 markers from Jontae Brown (Northeast).
Vick was outstanding the entire event showing his shooting prowess while Brown parlayed his leadership and ability to make shots into an outstanding weekend. The Stars received outstanding perimeter support from Clay Washburn (CPA).
On the interior and on the glass the Stars used magical efforts from the likes of Tariq Silver (Northwest), Kameron Rose (Jackson Southside) and Diego Womack (Jackson Northside). Womack was huge in the semi-final victory over the Hidden Gems with 12 markers and a whole bunch of rebounds.
The Tennessee Fury made some loud noises in the Silver Division after a disappointing 1-2 pool play finish. The Fury rallied behind the scoring of Connor Arnold (Grace Christian) and Josh Releford (David Crockett) to take two bracket play games and advance to the final four.
The Fury with the leadership of point guard Mac Brower (Georgia) defeated the Northside Spartans 72-64 then used the yeoman contributions of Spencer Lowe (Maryville) and Blake Grindstaff (Science Hill) to secure their spot in the final four with a 75-67 win over HH 2017 White.
In the final four the Fury fell to a solid Kansas Cagers squad 73-50.
Arnold and Releford showed they could score with anyone in this division and coaches were quick to point out the contributions of Phoenix Reynolds (Knoxville West), Bowden Lyon (Science Hill) and Tyrone Patterson (Knoxville West).