Four games proved to be just a bit too much.
The Mid-State Ballerz squad started the day on a big note beating Blessed IJN to capture their pool.
For their reward they were given the extra game and easily defeated Inner Strength with Nathan Parker (Bearden) scoring 17 and Chase Jones (Austin East) adding 14.
Ok guys great job now you've got 45 minutes and oh by the way here come the United Celtics. Huge and talented this appeared the end of the Ballerz run, a final four appearance in a major event not bad....hold on my friends not so fast.
Nathan Parker starts dropping threes, mid range jumpers, putbacks, and grabs boards, blocks shots and becomes Stat-Man. The Knoxville rising senior finishes with 25 points and Skylar McBee (Grainger) goes on a three point barrage to finish with 22 and the Ballerz dismantle the Celtics 72-59.
Big plays from everyone on the roster including Deonte Alexander (Glencliff), Davell Lloyd (Westview), Sam Watson (Farragut) and Charles Taylor (Humboldt).
Chase Jones (Austin East) and his twin brother Chance Jones (Austin East) both put their best foot forward and made this tourney their own.
After three tough games the championship against a very good Birmingham Ice squad awaits them on the horizon.
A tough effort but in the end the legs give out and the Ballerz fall 70-65 in the title game. Chance finishes as top scorer with 14 and Chase adds 13 in the losing effort.
Nathan Parker did nothing but make his recruitment a tough job with his effort in front of a host of mid-majors who now include him as a must get. His length and ability to guard, finish at the rim and hit the mid range shot make him a no brainer.
Skylar McBee put on a shooting display in front of numerous coaches and now will feel the wrath of his mailman as he recieves letters and cards from coahes and staffs across the Southeast.
The Jones twins also established themselves as hot recruits with their efforts on both ends of the floor.
This team played hard and seems to love playing together. Their chemistry is outstanding and made for a wonderful tourney atmosphere.