When a program is where they need to be the year following a successful venture the good ones call it reloading.
The Nashville Celtics made a mercurial run and finished 6-1 including a spot in the vaunted final four of the Real Deal in the Rock this past weekend.
The Celtics had a magical run last year but after the graduation of such stars as Casey Prather and Austin Hollins, one could only hope to move on....and did they ever move on.
The Celtics sifted through their pool play with wins over the Tulsa Hawks and the Full Court Athletes setting up their pool play showdown with the Kansas City Keys.
Four Celtics made double digits led by Zavion Williams (West Creek) with 12 as the Nashville crew locked the door on the Keys with an easy win. Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) added 11 while DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) and Anthony Hickey (Kentucky) chimed in with 10 apiece.
A win over the Louisiana Future set up a big game with the host favorite and media darlings the Arkansas Wings.
No worries mate as the Celtics crushed the Wings by 20 and made the semi-final round against the Southern Kings.
Anthony was monumental in this blow-out leading the Celtics with 19 in a 69 to 39 drubbing and getting his squad some much needed rest for their showdown with the Franchise All-Stars.
Alex Pothress (Clarksville Northeast) turned many heads this weekend and contributed 15 in the win and "Big Nasty" Conor McDermott (Ensworth) added 14 for the winners.
On to the final four, Anthony was simply amazing scoring 17 points including some huge buckets late but came up short with a runner in the lane for the win as the Celtics fell to the Franchise All-Stars 68-67.
A valiant effort under some extreme conditions for the Celtics, who got 14 from Poythress, 11 from Barnette and 10 from Williams to close out their scoring.
Anthony was phenomenal all weekend proving to everyone he is a solid mid-major point guard prospect. Poythress was inspiring with his ability to grab every rebound and score from the perimeter. His play garnered him some special notice, which we will talk about in detail at a later date. Every high major school in the country should be on him and I mean right now.
Williams had a big time event scoring, defending and making big plays. He is a D1 player. Barnette shot the lights out with that sweet lefty stroke and Mr. McDermott certainly made his presence felt among the masses.
Hickey is a tough defensive point guard who can score and would be a great leader for anyone.
The Celtics provided some depth with some great minutes from Mark Brown (Station Camp), David Clendenen (Baylor), and Whit Thornton (MBA).
If your in the area make the trek down to the A-Game and catch the Celtics in the String Music Shootout this coming weekend. I will have a preview of the event later in the week.